BBC Scotland pundit Michael Stewart could have once played for Celtic during his long playing career, he’s revealed to former Hoops player and interview extraordinaire Simon Ferry.
Stewart is a Manchester United academy graduate having played there between 2008 and 2005.
Returning to Scotland to play for Hibs, at the end of his time at Easter Road he had various options to pursue north and south of the border.
Hoping to stay living in Edinburgh, the outspoken pundit knew his options were limited but the opportunity to make a switch to Celtic in 2007 was something that came up.
John Park, who had worked the player at Hibs, knew all about the midfielder and felt if the club could move on Thomas Gravesen and Jiri Jarosik that Stewart could sign up at Celtic Park.
Speaking to Si Ferry in a Scottish Sun YouTube video, Stewart said: “John Park had just gone to Celtic, Chris Killen had gone as well in that summer, he said look there could be a chance here as well but they need to move on Gravesen and Jarosik first.
“They need to move a lot of boys on but there might be a chance here.
“Before anything came of that, Hearts had come back and said ‘do you want to come to Hearts?’ I felt like, you know what, it’s a concrete offer, I’m not moving then and I felt like I had unfinished business.”
Massimo Donati and Scott Brown were our midfield signings that summer with Jarosik remaining in the squad for another season.
Gravesen would end up heading to Everton on loan before leaving permanently the following summer.
Stewart would go on to play for three years at Hearts before embarking on a high-profile media career that has seen him earn a positive and negative reputation amongst Scottish football fans.
He doesn’t always offer a pro-Celtic stance as you’d expect but simply calls it as he sees it, which sometimes makes him fall foul of some supporters who don’t like his forthright views.
As one of the main analysts on BBC Sportscene, it’s often his opinion that cuts through the noise most after the weekend’s action.
Funnily enough, it’s when he speaks out against Rangers that he appears to receive the most flak.
The Daily Record report he is due to return to our screens tonight on BT Sport after a controversial week on BBC radio.