Steven Caulker believes he should've signed for Celtic in 2017

By David Walton

October 12, 2021

England-capped Steven Caulker believes he should’ve signed for Celtic back in 2017 when he had the chance to head to Parkhead.

Four years ago, the centre-back was reportedly in talks with the Hoops about signing up under Brendan Rodgers [Daily Mirror].

After being frozen out at QPR, it looked as though Caulker was set to join the Hoops. Yet he decided to stay in London only for the Championship club to terminate his contract months later. Caulker would join Dundee 6 weeks later.

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And as he dismissed the idea there was an informal agreement on the table from Celtic after moving to Dens Park, Caulker still believes he should’ve joined the Hoops when he had the chance.

As quoted by the Scotsman, the Fenerbahce-owned defender said: “Never, no [on whether there was an agreement with Celtic after moving to Dundee]. The summer before it, 2017, I had an opportunity to go to Celtic which I turned down because I felt London and QPR were better for my recovery.

“A few months after that I was then out of the squad at QPR and we mutually terminated my contract. At that point, of course I thought I should have gone to Celtic.”

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It’s a shame that this one didn’t come to pass. Caulker could’ve done a big job for Celtic under Rodgers, and his time with Dundee in the Premiership showed that.

It was always a touch confusing as to why Caulker didn’t move to Celtic in the first place. It was clear he wasn’t going to get the football he needed with QPR. He was in need of a fresh start and it was there on the table for him.

It’s no wonder he now rues not taking up the opportunity. Especially when you consider what Celtic went on to achieve in those years under Rodgers. Caulker missed out badly.

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The defender has proven he’s cut out for the top level too. He’s been a major success in Turkey since leaving Dundee for Alanyaspor. So much so that he bagged a move to Fenerbahce in the summer. Currently on loan with Gazientep, Caulker has one more chance to make it at a big club.

At 29, he’s making the most of his big opportunity, and he’ll still have ambitions of playing at the top level with Fener in the coming years as he enters his peak period.

But it’s just a shame he isn’t operating in green and white these days. He could’ve been a valuable addition, and it’s clearly something he regrets.

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