Former Celtic midfielder Jackson Irvine has opened up on failing to make it at Parkhead, as he stated he still watches the club every week.
Irvine was signed by the Hoops as a youth project back in 2010. Five years later and he departed Glasgow having only made one appearance for the club in a 2-2 draw with Hibernian in 2012.
Since then, the big Australian, capped 33 times by his country (Transfermarkt), has played for Ross County, Burton Albion, and Hull City respectively. Now, he’s looking for his next move after forging a decent career for himself at Championship level down south.
However, he most certainly hasn’t fallen out of love with the Hoops. Speaking to Australian outlet The World Game, Irvine spoke fondly about Celtic, as well as his regret at not making a career for himself in Glasgow.
“Celtic made a massive impression on me – I still watch them every weekend whenever I can. All my friends and family up there are Celtic fans. It’s the kind of place that stays with you. Even as a youth player I remember playing in an Under-19 final against Rangers and there were over 10,000 there.
“It’s just a different world. I would have loved to have made a career there for myself but the timing wasn’t right. I probably wasn’t quite ready.
“I think there’s sometimes a misconception over what it means to play for Celtic. I enjoyed every minute of my time in Scotland – and especially if you have a chance to play for one of the big boys, I’d never tell anybody not to go.”
A fine example of a player that “gets it”
Irvine was hardly given much in the way of opportunities at Parkhead, and fair play to him for admitting that he just wasn’t quite ready. However, he definitely seems to have departed with the Celtic bug.
He’s turned into the perfect example of a player who just “gets” what Celtic is all about. Leaving after making only one appearance and still having such a love for the club is exactly the kind of emotional effect we like to have on everyone who comes through the Parkhead doors.
It’s also a real nod to the support from Irvine here too. It’s the supporters who make the experience what it is for these players. Regardless of the fact Irvine barely played for the club, he will still have been admired and loved by the supporters in public simply because he was a Celt.
Unfortunately, if we’re being truthful, the Aussie still isn’t of a level good enough to return to Parkhead. At 27, it’s doubtful he’s ever going to reach that standard either.
But even so, it’s clear he doesn’t look back on his time here with any bitterness. If anything, he’s only become attached to the place.