Wayne Rooney's old comments about Celtic Park go viral

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Wayne Rooney recently made his desire known to have played for Celtic when talking with Gary Neville on The Overlap. The England national team and Manchester United icon was one of the best players in the world in his prime and even in the twilight of his career, he was a decent enough player and could have done a job for the Hoops.

While Rooney's wish to have played for Celtic never came true, he did play at Parkhead a few times through the course of his career. The most memorable of those contests was a 1-0 win for the Hoops in the Champions League back in 2006.

That match is best known for Shunsuke Nakamura's free-kick. Artur Boruc stopped a late Louis Saha penalty as well.

After the match, Rooney was full of praise for the Celtic Park atmosphere. As reported by The National, he said:

"Celtic Park is inspiring and intimidating. It’s a stadium with a particular atmosphere you want to experience as a player."

Wayne Rooney's old comments about Celtic Park go viral

Rooney never ended up playing for Celtic, but he did represent some of England's biggest clubs. He played football at the highest of levels as part of Sir Alex Ferguson's Manchester United, when they were one of the best in the world and had players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand and several other legends.

Rooney also had spells at Everton. He came through the ranks of the Merseyside club and joined them once again after leaving Manchester United. Other than that, he also played for Derby County and DC United.

Rooney has since moved on to management but has not found nearly as much success as he did on the pitch. He has had spells at Derby County, Birmingham City and DC United, and currently finds himself in the hot seat at Plymouth Argyle. Let's see how that goes.