Ex-Rangers player Kyle Lafferty has claimed former Celtic boss Gordon Strachan personally phoned him to try and convince the striker to make a switch from Burnley to Celtic, speaking on podcast Open Goal.

It’s fair to say Lafferty considers himself a big Rangers man and that Celtic supporters aren’t particularly fond of the former Ibrox forward.

In the Glasgow football goldfish bowl, there is no love lost between the two camps.


However, back before he moved to Scottish football in 2008, Lafferty apparently had the chance of going against his boyhood favourites and signing up at Celtic.

He claims that Strachan used his own change in reputation with the Celtic support to try and convince him to join.

Speaking to Open Goal, Lafferty said: “It just would have been so hard. I was in and about the Northern Ireland team, I was a young boy, an up and coming star in the team!

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“I think it would have been hard for me and hard my family back in Northern Ireland as well, just with everything that came with it.

“I did speak to Gordon, Gordon rang me and spoke to me. He said ‘listen big man, Celtic fans hated me, but look at me now, they worship me!’

“No, he did speak to me, he said all the right things. But I couldn’t have done it.”

Celtic fans aren’t the kind to judge a man on his background when signing for the club.

Had Lafferty joined from Burnley, no doubt he would have been given fair shake at making it in Strachan’s team.

Former Celtic boss Gordon Strachan

Former Celtic boss Gordon Strachan / (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Ultimately, on the pitch, Celtic didn’t miss out on much despite the now 32-year-old finding a bit of trophy success at Ibrox in the dying days of the EBT years.

He never had the most flair or exciting footballing style and in all his seasons of Scottish football between Hearts and Rangers, the forward only ever reached double figures for goals twice.

Hardly the transfer miss of the century.

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