'I’m not signing for Celtic’s U20s' - Former Scotland star on failed move to club he supported
By John Reid
James McFadden has revealed why a proposed move to Celtic broke down.
McFadden, who was a noted Celtic fan, was linked with Celtic at various stages of his career but he never made the move to Celtic Park.
Speaking to Simon Ferry’s Open Goal YouTube series, McFadden said: “Celtic wanted to sign me but they were wanting me to go up and train as well.
“I said ‘fine’ but they said the manager wasn’t in because they had a European game so I would be training with the young boys.
“I said ‘Well, I’m not signing for Celtic’s U20s. Who’s going to watch me?’
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“It didn’t feel right.”
McFadden had a career that was often blighted by injury, but still had many a good moment in football.
He first made a name for himself at Motherwell, which lead to a move to Everton for £1.25 million in 2003.
He then had spells at Birmingham, Everton again, Motherwell (twice), St Johnstone and he currently plays for Queen Of The South.
Arguably his best performances however were in a Scotland jersey, amongst the highlights a superb winning goal in Scotland’s famous 1-0 win over France in Paris in 2007.
He ended his Scotland career with 48 caps and 15 goals.
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