Leeds United defender Luke Ayling has admitted that he could have linked up with Scottish giants Celtic back in 2016, but he ended up completing a move to Elland Road.
The English right-back completed a £750,000 (Daily Mail) transfer to Leeds over four years ago and has played an important role during the club’s rise from the second-tier to the top-flight.
He’s been at the heart of the Marcelo Bielsa era when the Whites were trying to get out of the Championship, eventually achieving that feat in the 2019/20 league season.
Aged 29, the full-back now looks to be in the peak of his powers and he’s started the new campaign in excellent form as he takes on the Premier League for the first time in his career.
Ayling has explained though that there was a chance he could’ve joined Celtic:
“The week before [I signed for Leeds] I had a sniff of going to Celtic, but a few things didn’t happen. When Leeds came in I was like happy days,” he said.
Ayling has gone from strength to strength since he joined Leeds from Bristol City, with his £750,000 price turning out to be incredible value for money and one of the club’s best pieces of business in a long time.
The all-action right-back has an incredible stamina that allows him to bomb up and down the flank for 90 minutes, with Argentine manager Bielsa certainly elevating his game to a new level.
Celtic have certainly fared okay without him in recent years, but he’s a top talent now proving himself in the Premier League and he would slot into Neil Lennon’s Celtic XI right now.
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