We wrote about Giroud’s failed move to Celtic back on Celtsarehere.com back in 2013.
At the time, we were covering some top players who nearly wore the Hoops – Giroud being among Drogba and Lewandowski.
This week, the story has resurfaced again after Giroud’s autobiography came out.
The player revealed in his book, his heart was set on a move to Celtic, but it was a call from a French legend who put a stop to the 2009 move.
Giroud revealed he was taunted for potentially going to a team that would be playing Kilmarnock. A massive dig at Scottish football.
“Strategically, this club would be a great springboard to realise my ambition to eventually play in the Premier League.” Giroud writes, as cited by SunSport.
“But in the meantime, my agents Alain and Guillaume come up with the idea of approaching Louis Nicollin, the now much-missed chairman of Montpellier.
“They advised me to take his call and told me, ‘You are free to decide which club you want to play for, but you should listen to what he has to say’.
“Flattered that this legend of French football wants to speak to me, I agree. Listening to him, I realise how much this club wants me.
“Straight off, he says ‘What are you going to do in Scotland in KILCHMARCHNOCK!’
“Mentioning the town of Kilmarnock is a slightly round-about way of bad-mouthing the whole Scottish championship.
“The chairman is desperate to persuade me not to sign for Celtic, who at this point are top of my list.”
This is nothing new to Celtic and its supporters. We know the league is widely derided and even players who do end up pitching up in Scotland sometimes think they’re here for an easy ride. It couldn’t be further from the truth.
If you don’t come to Celtic and Scotland with the right attitude – you won’t get anywhere.
We’ve watched many top players fail to make the grade in Scottish football because of it.
Giroud was a top talent at the time and Celtic would have been doing well to get him but in the end, he was easily influenced to stay away and carved out his career elsewhere.