Del Piero expresses Celtic 'interest'

Italian legend, Alessandro Del Piero, may have wound up at Celtic instead of Sydney FC had there been a firm offer on the table from the Glasgow giants.

The 39-year-old left the Sky Blues at the end of last season after two years in the A-League where he was the highest paid footballer ever to play in Australia.

But the former Juventus captain, who has no plans to retire, apparently still harbours some interest in running out at Celtic Park.

Del Piero was quoted in Scottish Sun as saying: “Two years ago it was interesting and it would be interesting again.

“If we could talk then great. If you want I’ll give you my phone number and you can pass it on.

"Celtic are a great team and I have always enjoyed playing in Scotland, so who knows?

“I know the league has changed with Rangers not being there, but they will be back soon enough.

“Celtic are also a club that could be in the group stage of the Champions League which is good.”

The Scottish club made a move for the former Juventus great in 2012 but he took the shock decision to head Down Under.

“We were in contact with Celtic, but it didn’t come to anything,” Del Piero said.

“They weren’t sure about which choice to make, I think they only had one spot left in their squad. But I was very interested in going to Scotland.

“Nothing happened, we talked but in the end I decided to go to Sydney. It never got to the stage where Celtic offered me a contract. It was unfortunate because I was very interested.

“I had lots of clubs interested in signing me at that time and one of them was Celtic. Had it reached the stage where they wanted me to go and see them to get something done, then I would have probably said yes.

“We could have sat down and talked about what was the best for Celtic and what was the best for me, but it didn’t arrive at that stage.

“My brother spoke for me and at the end we said thank you for your interest and then I went to Australia. I loved my time in Sydney, we broke a lot of record in terms of crowds and in terms of merchandise at Sydney. It was a good lifestyle also.

“But I would have been very happy if I had have gone to Celtic. That’s true.”

Del Piero has not cut his ties with Australian entirely, and will skipper the A-league All Stars against his former club, Juventus, next month at ANZ Stadium. He is also global ambassador for the 2015 Asian Cup to be hosted by Australia in January.