Alex Bruce has claimed that Victor Wanyama was once “as good as you’ll see” but doubts he will make a sensational return to Celtic.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Kilmarnock defender hailed the 28-year-old for the impact he had during his first stint at Parkhead, but suggested that the time for him to make a comeback in Glasgow has probably passed.

The Kenya international left Tottenham Hotspur to sign a three-year contract with MLS outfit Montreal Impact in March.

Speaking in a recent interview with The Athletic, however, Wanyama claimed that he has “unfinished business” in Scotland, and would be open to the prospect of a reunion with the Hoops.

But Bruce does not see it happening.

“Listen, a young, fit Wanyama was as good as you’ll see from a midfielder,” he told Football Insider.

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“However, the fact that he’s not gone back to Celtic now, and has gone to the MLS instead, probably shuts the door on that. I’ll be very surprised if he goes to the MLS then back to Scotland.

“But only time will tell. One person who will know him very well is obviously Lennon because he’s had him before.

“We’ll just have to watch this space.

“However, I’ll be very surprised if he goes back to Celtic from where he’s at at the moment.”

Wanyama initially left Celtic to join Southampton in 2013 after making 91 appearances for the Bhoys.

He then went on to join Spurs three years later in a deal worth around £13 million.

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