Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon has revealed he considered signing Troy Deeney from Watford.
The former Parkhead boss was in attendance when Deeney fired in a dramatic winner during Watford’s Championship play-off victory over Leicester in 2013.
Lennon told talkSPORT host Jim White: “I was a big fan of Troy in my first spell as Celtic manager, he’s the type of striker I like.
“I went down to watch him in that very famous play-off match where Leicester didn’t quite score a penalty and then 30 seconds later Troy’s put Watford to Wembley.
“Finances dictated things but whether Troy would have wanted to come or not is another thing. We were huge admirers of him… he was in his prime then.”
A transfer never materialised but Deeney, who was on alongside Lennon on Friday’s White and Jordan show, revealed he was aware of the interest.
Lennon later left Celtic and took charge of Bolton, and Deeney revealed a brilliant story about an exchange between pair when the Hornets were playing the Trotters in the Championship.
Deeney said: “Yeah I spoke to Neil a few times. I know that our last encounter was when he was at Bolton, I was on the bench and fuming.
“It was 3-3 or 3-2 to Bolton when I came on. He said as I came on ‘don’t you dare score’ and I ended up scoring the winner to make it 4-3!”
If only Lennon had taken Deeney to Celtic Park…