Earlier this week Niall McGinn brought it to many peoples attention that Celtic had the opportunity to sign Seamus Coleman for pennies from Sligo Rovers around the same time Niall was signing on for Celtic.
The club passed on Coleman and as we know, he has gone onto have a great career at Everton who took a chance on the Irishman shortly after Celtic decided against a move.
That got us thinking about another time Celtic missed out on a talent, and what a signing it could have been if Celtic had followed through with this one
Speaking to the Daily Mail a few years ago, football agent Raymond Sparkes admitted that he offered Celtic the chance to sign Robert Lewandowski back in 2009 when Tony Mowbray was the manager.
He said: “They [Lech Poznan] were looking for 1.75m euros for a teenage striker who, at that stage, hadn’t really done anything.
I said to Celtic: “I’ve found a striker you should be looking at”.
“But I probably talked myself out of a deal because I also said to them I didn’t think he justified that kind of fee so early in his career.”
Just a year later after Celtic passed on the striker he was picked up by Borussia Dortmund for €5million. He made his name with the German club before sensationally moving to rivals Bayern on a free transfer where he still plays his football to this day.
Could you imagine, Robert Lewandowski in a Celtic jersey?
There is a parallel universe where Seamus Coleman and Robert Lewandowski are in the starting XI on a cold night at Inverness. Now, there’s a thought!
Hindsight is a great thing, luckily Celtic signed Marc Antoine Fortune so all was good in the end.