Mad Dog Gravesen’s Celtic Regret – ‘I wasn’t in Glasgow long enough, I loved every minute though’

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THOMAS GRAVESEN was Gordon Strachan’s marquee signing from Real Madrid. The Great Dane was either brilliant or awful in a Celtic shirt and never really appeared to look like he understood exactly what he was supposed to be doing in the Hoops.

He certainly had some memorable moments and clearly love every second of his time at Celtic but it’s unlikely that he’d make many supporters selection if they were picking a team of the century so far for Celtic.

On his situation at Real Madrid that lead to him making the decision to head for Paradise, Gravesen gave an interesting insight in an interview with Sky Sports, which you can watch below.

“They (Real Madrid) were very clear in what they wanted from players.

“They brought in (Fabio) Capello as the manager, and they were straight up with me.

“He said, ‘I like you as a person, but as a player I will not be using you here’.

“I could have chosen to sit down and be mad or angry or whatever.

“But I chose to join a fantastic club in Celtic and I don’t regret that at all,” Gravesen told Sky Sports, as reported by Scottish Sun.

“I just think it was quick and it was painless in Madrid and that’s what it was. I wasn’t in Glasgow long enough, I loved every minute though.”

Gravesen bumped into an old Everton teammate of his while at Celtic, playing for the rivals across the city. The two, Gravesen and Rangers defender David Weir grabbed a few words when they could amid the mayhem.

“I saw David (Weir) when we were in Scotland, we played together for many years at Everton.

“On the park, we had a fierce rivalry. But on the outside, I was allowed to say ‘hello’ and ‘how are you?’ because I spent four or five years with David at Everton.”

Here’s the former Celtic Star’s interview with Sky Sports…

Earlier this year we carried these articles about Thomas Gravesen and it’s worthy of a re-run today.

Turn the page to read Mad Dog Gravesen – The Last of the Modern Footballing Mavericks…

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email

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