As reported by The Daily Record, Club Brugge defender Brandon Mechele has admitted he made a big mistake not signing for Celtic when he had the chance in 2015.
People often say clubs like Celtic don’t come calling twice and to take opportunities like signing for the Hoops with open arms. The latest cautionary tale to prove that comes from Belgian defender Brandon Mechele.
The defender, who made two starts in this season’s UEFA Champions League group stages against Leicester City and Copenhagen, has revealed he had the opportunity to sign for the Hoops in 2015 but turned it down, a decision he’s come to regret.
As quoted by The Daily Record, he said:
In 2015, I decided not to move to Celtic. The reason I refused their offer was I wanted to win the championship with Brugge. Six months later I was on the bench and unwanted. It was my decision and it was the wrong one.
The 24 year old is now getting a regular start at Jupiler League strugglers St. Truiden, on loan from Brugge, helping them with their efforts to escape relegation from the Belgian top-flight.
With the emergence of Dedryck Boyata, Jozo Simunovic and Erik Sviatchenko at Celtic, the need for central defenders is not as urgent at Celtic as it once was and it appears the central defender will have to live with his choice not to link up with then manager Ronny Deila two years ago.