New Dundee centre-back Steven Caulker has revealed that he turned down the opportunity to reunite with his former Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers at Celtic last year.
The 26-year-old denforcer, who joined the Scottish Premiership strugglers as a free agent on an 18 month deal, was flattered to be linked with the Hoops but felt that the time wasn’t right to leave London and QPR as he dealt with personal issues.
“It came close. I decided in the end to stay in London. I was early on in my recovery and I felt my support network was best in London,” Caulker said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
“I opted out of Scotland at that moment but I’m pleased to be up here now and it’s good to see Brendan doing really well there again.”
Caulker, who has one international cap for England, had spells at Tottenham and Cardiff before moving to QP and then to the Hoops’ top flight rivals.
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In the end, the Hoops didn’t need Caulker last season, as they bulldozed their way to a domestic treble and unbeaten league campaign. It’s a different story this season though, as injuries and loss of form in the centre-back position have taken their toll on Brendan Rodgers’ side. It seemed that a lot of supporters thought that it was inevitable that Caulker would sign for the Bhoys which is why there is shock that he has moved to the Dens Park side, who are currently battling against relegation. It will be interesting to see if Caulker’s performances are so impressive that the Bhoys attempt to sign him again this summer.
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