OLIVIER GIROUD has spoken about nearly signing for Celtic during his early career as a gateway to getting to the Premier League.
Having covered Celtic on various platforms online since 2005, I vaguely remember reporting on this at the time. Giroud was an up and coming striker when the Celtic were interested in his services and from what Giroud has said recently, it was a real option.
“I always said that I wanted to play in the Premier League as soon as I could. When I was at Tours, I had the opportunity to go to Birmingham City or Celtic.” Giroud told SunSport.
“If I had signed for Celtic, it would have been a good gateway to the Premier League sooner.
“But I signed for Montpellier instead and I don’t regret my choice.
“There I discovered a family club and I spent extraordinary years there. It was a very important choice in my career, I met friends with who I am still in touch with.
“That stage of my career will always be a source of immense pride.”
Olivier eventually got his move to the Premier League with Arsenal and he now plays for another London club in Chelsea.
There are a lot of top stars Celtic have been linked with or nearly signed back in the day. Just last week we did a write up on Robert Lewandowski being an option for the bhoys back in the day under Tony Mowbray.
Then we have the likes of players we have signed who have gone on to major things like Virgil van Dijk and Moussa Dembele.
Celtic need to identify raw talent who have big futures in the game, it’s the only way they will progress. Giroud playing up front for Celtic sounds bizarre at this point but it was a possibility.
Who are the next stars and how do Celtic manage to get their hands on them. That’s the million-dollar question for the incoming chief execurtive.