Neil Lennon has revealed that he could have quit Celtic for Spain during his playing days.
The midfielder was a key member of Martin O’Neill’s squad and stayed on as captain for two years once Gordon Strachan had taken over.
“Towards the end of my time at Celtic I came close to going to Levante, I had an offer to move to Spain and it was in the offing,” he told the Daily Record. “But once Celtic came in and offered me a new contract that was that.
“However, the move did appeal – it was just at that time in my career I thought another year at Celtic was perfect for me but going abroad, trying a different culture of both football and life, does appeal.
“At the minute I’m trying to learn a new language. I did Portuguese last year and failed miserably so I’m trying Spanish now. It’s just about adding another string to your bow.”
Lennon’s close friend and former team-mate Johan Mjallby switched from Celtic to Levante in 2004 but a knee injury restricted him to just three appearances.
The Irishman left Hibs last month in mysterious circumstances with both parties putting together a statement that failed to provide any answers to why they had parted company.
Lennon is currently taking a break from football but is hoping to be back in management during the summer with the March 2 Scottish Cup tie between Hibs and Celtic likely to see him in high demand for media work.