MEXICO international Isaac Brizuela has revealed Celtic failed to sign him – and admitted he would be willing to join the champions if they made a second attempt.
The winger was on the Hoops radar, but his former club, Deportivo Toluca, knocked back interest in their 14 times-capped star performer.
Now five years later, Brizuela is hoping to make up for lost time and get his switch to Glasgow.
The 29-year-old forward, who eventually left Toluca for £5million to Guadalajara, told Mexican sports journal Medio Tiempo, Brizuela: “I heard the rumours, but I didn’t want to think about them too much and distract myself.
“In the end, I don’t know if they [Celtic] spoke to a [Toluca] director, but when I was in Toluca they approached me.
“The club didn’t let me go because Celtic didn’t want to pay their asking price.
“I know that I have a certain age, but I won’t give up hope that such a moment will come.”
Unfortunately, it looks as though the clock has beaten the Mexican flanker. Neil Lennon is top heavy with wide Bhoys and Scott Sinclair, a year older than Brizuela, hasn’t been included in any of the last five match day squads.
The Parkhead chief also has £2million Marian Shved knocking on the door while James Forrest, Mikey Johnston, Lewis Morgan and Jonny Hayes have have taken care of business.