Back in August 2017, Celtic took on Kazakh side FC Astana away from home leading 5-0 from the first-leg of a Champions League qualifier.
On this occasion things did not go the Bhoys way, as they lost 4-3 with one player, in particular, proving a problem for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Patrick Twumasi was in fine form that day, scoring twice and giving the Celtic defence the runaround at the Astana Arena. To be honest, he tore Celtic to shreds at times.
The Ghanaian forward’s performance was so impressive, he was soon on Celtic’s radar.
As reported by Ghana Sports Online, Celtic were looking into a move for the player in the 2018 January transfer window.
That interest never appeared to die down. Even after Twumasi made a move to Spanish side Deportivo Alaves in the summer of 2018 the Bhoys were linked. As recently as last summer, Celtic were linked with a move for the attacker by Football Ghana
But no deal ever happened for Twumasi. Now, speaking to 442gh.com, the attacker explained how a deal to Celtic nearly came about but he instead decided on a move to Spain.
“I remember I had an offer from Celtic, they really wanted me when I was in Astana because I played against them in the Champions League game and I did very well.
“Rodgers spoke to me after the game and after some days he got my number and called me. He told me he wanted me at the Club.
“Even though I was interested I was weighing the options on the table together with my agent and it happened that we settled on Alaves.
“Maybe Celtic would have been good for me but you never know, such things are bound to happen sometimes.”
There are clearly some regrets for Twumasi. He failed to score in 13 games for the Spanish side last season and was subsequently loaned out to Turkish side Gaziantep FK, where he has impressed with five goals and five assists in 23 games, most of them on the wing.
Celtic have certainly not been left to feel they missed a trick with the 26-year-old, who will likely be looking for a permanent move this summer.
Hopefully, Twumasi can find himself a decent location to carry on playing and perhaps rekindle some of that old form once again.