Celtic reportedly wanted Frankfurt hero Rafael Santos Borre last year

By David Walton

May 19, 2022

Last night Celtic supporters were thankful as he ended Rangers’ UEL dreams, but the Hoops were reportedly interested in Eintracht Frankfurt’ Rafael Santos Borre last summer.

Indeed, the Colombian forward proved to be the star of the Europa League final as he scored the Bundesliga side’s equaliser and then the winning penalty. Both moments came in front of the Rangers support too as he proved to be the difference-maker on the night.

However, before his move to Germany last year, Celtic were one of the clubs reportedly interested in him. Football Insider claimed that the then £15m-rated striker was interesting the Hoops as his River Plate contract came to an end.

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Ironically, Rangers were another of the clubs apparently interested in his services. In the end, however, he moved to the Bundesliga and has now done the Hoops a huge turn in any case by giving us a financial leg-up on our rivals heading into next season.

Borre, meanwhile, has had a fine debut campaign overall with Frankfurt. Last night’s heroics marked his 12th goal for the season to go with his 8 assists. That’s now 20 direct goal contributions in 45 games as he makes his mark in one of Europe’s top leagues [Transfermarkt].

Celtic instead secured the services of Kyogo Furuhashi and Giorgos Giakoumakis with both men helpind secure the Premiership title.

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Rafael Santos Borre could’ve been at Celtic

How much concrete interest there was is anyone’s guess in truth given there was hardly a transfer saga for the player’s services. But it’s certainly a fun story to revisit after last night.

Borre was a class above the vast majority on the pitch last night. He showed real pace to get away from the Rangers backline on several occasions whilst showing a predatory eye for goal.

He also had deceiving strength that caused Connor Goldson problems in particular. He absolutely ragdolled the Ibrox backline and could easily have found himself with another goal or 2 on the night.

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Not that we missed out of course. We can’t complain about how last summer went in terms of striker recruitment. Especially considering we managed to bring 2 more who both played major roles in winning us the title.

Perhaps it was fortunate for us that Borre went to Frankfurt in order to set up what happened last night. Goodness knows how much of a nightmare it would’ve been for us if Rangers had managed to get the job done in Seville.

In the end, however, Borre and his Frankfurt teammates were the ones celebrating on a dramatic night.

In other news, Celtic hero Daizen Maeda’s late-night message to Frankfurt’s Daichi Kamada