Romain Perraud has lifted the lid on his failed move to Celtic in the summer when the bhoys came calling early on in the window.

With Celtic clearly making provisions for Kieran Tierney’s eventual move to Arsenal at the time they looked at bringing in the 22-year-old from Nice.

Perraud recalls the interest but admitted it couldn’t get off the ground because Nice decided to ignore Celtic and refused to negotiate any deal.

“With Celtic, the discussions started at the beginning of the transfer window, but Nice did not want to hear anything, so they did not come back.” Told RecordSport.

“There remained Dijon and Brest. In the end, I chose Brest. I was seduced by the project and the speech I received.”

Celtic quickly moved on after Nice refused to do business and brought Boli Bolingoli into the club from Rapid Vienna. Neil Lennon then brought Greg Taylor into the club after Kieran had left the building.

With no move to Celtic on offer anymore, Perraud had to settle for a move to Brest.

Celtic left no stone unturned in the summer when it came to recruitment and there will be more than one story like this out there. If the club didn’t get the right signals they moved onto other targets. Learning lessons from previous windows.


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