IRISH defender Seamus Coleman has revealed he was snubbed by Celtic before he joined Everton.
The Hoops invited the right-back to Glasgow for a trial after scouting him while he was breaking through at Sligo Rovers.
Coleman was watched by the Parkhead side in 2009 and the player admitted he thought he performed well.
However, the Glasgow outfit delayed making their move and the Goodison Park men took advantage to sign the 27-year-old who has won 32 caps for the Republic of Ireland..
Coleman said: “I did quite well at Celtic. I don’t know if they and Sligo spoke about a transfer fee. Gordon Strachan was the manager.
“There was a trial game and I trained with the first team a couple of times and he took the training.
“I got word that they were interested to make something happen, but I don’t know how far it got.
“Thankfully, Everton didn’t want me on trial. They just signed me.”
Donegal-born Coleman, who had a loan spell at Blackpool in 2010, is now established with the Merseyside team and his current value is around the £14million mark.