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Gabby Agbonlahor rules out move to Scotland… unless it’s to Celtic.

Scottish PremiershipCelticGabby Agbonlahor rules out move to Scotland… unless it’s to Celtic.
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The ex-England international has refused offers from clubs in England and Scotland as he looks to sign for a new club after leaving Aston Villa in the summer.

Agbonlahor hasn’t been short of offers turning down offers from the English Championship and the Scottish Premiership.

However, he insists he won’t go north unless it’s to either Celtic or Rangers.

He said: “It’s been a difficult decision. Having been at Villa all my career, I did not want to play for another Championship club

“I appreciate the offers, it just didn’t feel right.

“As for the SPL, unless it’s one of the big couple of clubs, to be honest, that doesn’t excite me.

“I don’t need to chase a deal and will only sign for a club that genuinely excites me.

“I have no interest playing below Championship level so abroad realistically is the likely destination if I decide to make that decision.

“I don’t want to retire yet. I admit I have made some mistakes, I do have some regrets but that’s life, who hasn’t made mistakes?

“Hopefully I will be remembered by the [Aston Villa] fans for the good times.”

The ex-Aston Villa player offered to play for them for free, had issued a come and get me plea to Celtic, after scoring in a charity match at Celtic Park.

The free agent said: “I’ve always thought what a great stadium this is and that it produces a magnificent atmosphere, especially during Old Firm games.

“When the Celtic fans start singing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ it has always given me goosebumps just watching it on TV — so it would be something else to actually play in it.

“I think every player if they had the chance to play for Celtic, would take it.

“Can you imagine playing in front of 60,000 people inside this place? I told one of the lads I’d get sent off in the first minute due to the Adrenalin and sheer excitement!

“From growing up watching Old Firm games I would have followed Celtic — I was at Aston Villa with Stiliyan Petrov, Martin O’Neill and Chris Sutton and they’re all massive Celtic supporters.

“It’s a massive club and even just to come here and play in a charity match is an honour.

“I’ll try and speak to Brendan Rodgers and we’ll see what happens!”

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