Nomme Kalju midfielder Sander Puri will face Celtic this week, ten years after nearly signing for the club.
The 31-year-old had a trial under former Hoops boss Tony Mowbray back in 2009 but didn’t quite make the cut. The Estonian has since played for York City, Sligo Rovers and St Mirren among other clubs before making the return to his homeland with Kalju.
And as he gets ready to make his return to Glasgow, he told 67HH that his past memories won’t be weighing on his mind too much.
“It was a long time ago”, Puri said of his trial. “I went to Celtic and was there for four or five days. I played one game with the youth team I think.
“I didn’t sign so that was the story. I didn’t really chat to the manager. My agent spoke with him but personally I wasn’t involved. Maybe a few words and that was it.”
Puri is relishing Celtic challenge
Having been capped 69 times by Estonia, Puri feels he and Kalju are representing more than just themselves when they play in Europe.
“The draw is massive for our club and Estonian football overall. In the next week we play against Celtic and Flora Tallinn play against Eintracht Frankfurt so it will be a massive week for Estonian football.
“We’ve played many games in the Champions League and Europa League over the past few years but I think Celtic are the biggest club we will have played against.
“I don’t know many of their players but everyone knows they are the best club in Scotland. Normally they win the title all the time so of course they are a strong team both in Scotland and in Europe.”
“It’s going to be tough but interesting”.