Former Celtic centre-back Alan Stubbs has admitted that his chances of playing for England all but ended when he joined Celtic, but that he doesn’t have any regrets about that, as playing for the Bhoys was such an honour.
Stubbs joined the Hoops in 1996 from Bolton for a fee of £4million, having earned one England ‘B’ cap in 1994, but he never gained another cap after that.
The one-time Hibs manager made the admission to Simon Ferry, on the Open Goal Twitter account.
“Do I regret it? Not for one minute. If I would have got an England or two or whatever, then yes it was a fantastic achievement. But I think the bigger achievement was saying I played for a club like Celtic”.
WATCH TONIGHT AT 5PM: Part 2 with Alan Stubbs, he tells @siferry8 he thinks his time with #CelticFC had an impact on getting an England call-up. Does he regret it? No because he feels, "the bigger achievement was to play for a club like Celtic" pic.twitter.com/rY3QPfioDf
— Open Goal (@opengoalsport) February 12, 2018
Stubbs stayed with the Hoops for five seasons, winning two league titles whilst also having to deal with a diagnosis of cancer in 1999.
He left in 2001 when his contract ran out, moving to childhood heroes Everton, he also had spells at Sunderland and Derby, but it is likely to be Everton and Bolton that he remembers most fondly.
He was part of the team which won the Bhoys’ first league title in ten years, stopping Rangers from making it ten in a row in the process.
His most memorable moment at Celtic Park was probably a last minute headed equaliser against Rangers in 1997 which gained the Hoops a valuable point in the title race which eventually contributed to their title win.
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