Prominent pundit and former English Premier League striker Stan Collymore has revealed why a proposed move to Celtic didn’t work out for him.
Collymore was once one of the most exciting strikers in the English top-flight but off-the-pitch problems severely impacted his career.
By the time Martin O’Neill was in charge of Celtic, he was struggling for form and his career would eventually end unceremoniously in 2001.
One option he had hoped to pursue at the time was in Glasgow. However, the Celtic boss at the time felt he would not deal well with the spotlight.
He has now compared his situation to James Maddison at Leicester City after his problems under the Brendan Rodgers regim.
Speaking to The Daily Mirror, he said: “A lot of my issues and trusting the wrong people came a bit later, between 27 and 30. And I know they cost me because I was told by a number of scouts and managers that they’d be looking at me but the question marks stopped them taking a chance.
“I spoke to Martin O’Neill about Celtic when I was done in England and I’d have loved to have gone there, but he didn’t sign me because he was worried how I’d react under the spotlight in Glasgow.
“So I guarantee that, with respect to Leicester, people will be asking, ‘If Maddison has now popped up twice there, what would he be like in Manchester or London?”
Celtic had enough striking talent at the time
Part of O’Neill’s thinking was no doubt influenced by the fact he had some incredible striking talent available to him including Henrik Larsson and Chris Sutton. The likelihood is that Collymore wouldn’t have been able to break that duo up anyway.
If a renowned man-manager like O’Neill didn’t fancy reining in Collymore, then the likelihood is that it was a right good call.
Collymore continues to speak kindly of Celtic on social media and during his punditry duties.