Former Celtic goalkeeper Rab Douglas has disclosed why he turned down Rangers to join the Hoops, the Courier reports.
Douglas was wanted by both clubs back in 2000, and had talks with both clubs. He has revealed that he wasn’t going to be first choice at Rangers, whilst Martin O’Neill said he would have that opportunity with Celtic.
“Rangers came in for me before Celtic did. I spoke to them, and I was told I’d play six games before Stefan Klos returned from injury. That put me off a bit” Douglas said, writing in his column in the Courier.
“It wasn’t a bad decision at all”
“Martin O’Neill spoke to me about going to Parkhead and said: “It’s a straight fight between you and Gouldy (Jonathan Gould). I won a few trophies, including three league titles, with Celtic so it wasn’t a bad decision at all” Douglas concluded.
Douglas did have a very successful career with Celtic. As he said, he won three league titles, and was part of a Celtic side which had some incredible runs in Europe. Douglas played a key role in helping Celtic reach the UEFA Cup Final in 2003.
Shouldn’t be upset over cup final loss
Of course, he didn’t have the best of games that night. However, football is a team game. Douglas should not be too disappointed in what he helped Celtic achieve that season.
Indeed, Douglas has addressed the criticism he and Bobo Balde received following the loss in the Courier.
“Reaching the UEFA Cup Final was an amazing achievement. Bobo (Balde) and I were criticised after it, but we were in the team when we were beating Liverpool and Blackburn and nobody complained” he said, and to be honest it is hard to argue with that.
Douglas left Celtic in 2005, as the team that reached the Seville final broke-up following the exit of Martin O’Neill. However, as he states, he has no regrets about his decision to join the Hoops. The trophies he won for the club would suggest he made the right move.