Italian football legend Alessandro Del Piero has revealed the amazing news that he came close to joining Celtic in 2012.
The former Italy international left Juventus that summer and the Bhoys tried their luck in an attempt to sign him, but the classy attacker had already vowed that he would leave the continent.
Del Piero was one of the best footballers of his generation and he would have taken Scottish football to a whole new level, following in the footsteps of the likes of Henrik Larsson as a European great to grace Celtic Park.
It was not to be though because in the end his affection for the Old Lady was too much to allow him to join another side in Europe, just in case he had to face Juventus in competition.
He gave his amazing revelation and the reasons he had for turning Celtic down in the Italian media recently.
“When I left Juventus I had the chance to join Celtic but I rejected their offer because I didn’t want to play in Europe for another team. I had already decided to leave the Continent and I said now” he told Gazzetta dello Sport which was quoted by calciomercato.com.
“In the following season Juve and Celtic met in the Champions League and I thought: ‘Luckily I didn’t join them!”
Del Piero went on to play for Sydney FC in the A League after he left Juventus, before then spending a campaign in India before he hung up his boots to join Italian television, where he has worked as a pundit.
In all, the 43-year-old was capped by his country on 91 occasions, winning the World Cup in 2006 as well as everything there is to win in Italy. He also won the Champions League in 1996.
The news that he could have could signed for Celtic will amaze the Bhoys fans, although given how close they came to signing him, they may regret him getting away from them.