Falkirk manager Peter Houston has revealed that Celtic were interested in Dele Alli when the Tottenham Hotspur superstar was a youngster at MK Dons.
He claimed Celtic scouts even watched the midfielder on a couple of occasions but no concrete offer was made.
Houston used to work for the Parkhead side as a scout between his leaving Dundee United and taking over the manager’s job at Falkirk eight months later.
While at Parkhead, he was privy to information regarding Celtic targets. This included a list drawn up by head of football development John Park, which featured a 17-year-old Alli.
He told BBC’s Sportsound programme: “I used to work for a short spell at Celtic, and John Park had a list of players and Dele Alli was on that list.
“Celtic had watched him a couple of times as a youngster just after he’d managed to break through. I bet they wish they’d signed him.”
Alli would eventually go to Tottenham in the 2015 summer window for a fee of around £5million.