Former Manchester United defender John O’Shea has told the Daily Record that he almost signed for Scottish giants Celtic.
The 37-year-old plays for Championship outfit Reading these days and won five Premier League titles with the Red Devils.
Things could have been so much different, however.
O’Shea has now claimed that he was offered the chance to go to Scotland prior to penning terms at Old Trafford.
He told the Daily Record: “Ireland won the European Under 17 title in 1998 and I took a lot from those games.
“I was just about to sign for Celtic and then United came to watch me in those games.
“It was a contributing factor in turning my career towards that direction so I have a lot to thank it for.”
The versatile defender forged a decent career in England, winning everything there is to be won in English football.
O’Shea was always a solid if unspectacular performer for United.
You don’t play 256 games in an era where the club dominated if you don’t have anything about you.
In 2011 O’Shea made the switch to Sunderland where he played a further 226 games, with the majority coming in the Premier League.
Celtic would have relished someone of O’Shea’s class in their ranks and he would have been a real asset to the Hoops.
The man who could operate at left-back and at centre-half made 118 appearances for the Republic of Ireland and was reliable during his playing days.
It now appears that O’Shea proved to be one that got away from Celtic.