Roy Keane has revealed that he once had talks with Wanderers over a potential move before joining Celtic.

The midfielder, who spent most of his career at Manchester United, had a spell north of the border before hanging up his boots.

Keane says he had plenty of options to remain in the Premier League, including playing under Sam Allardyce at Bolton.

Everton were also interested but ultimately, the Irishman didn’t want to sign for another English club at that stage of his career.

"I spoke to Everton, Bolton and a couple of other teams,” Keane told The Overlap. “I had that mindset which is crazy, when a club is forcing you out the door and you can’t sign for other teams.

“Everton would have been a good move at the time – the location, and I had huge respect for David Moyes – but I felt I couldn’t go to another English team.”

He added: “I went to Celtic, an iconic and amazing club. The stadium is amazing but I had not really seen the training ground.

“I am going back a few years, they have a good one now. I was in the dressing room with Celtic, we got changed at Celtic Park and drove to the ground in our boots and gear.

“I didn’t kick a ball at Celtic, I was injured all the time. What I did enjoy – for all my comfort zone at Manchester United, and I loved every minute of my time at United – was that it was good to be in another dressing room for six months.

"The Celtic lads, there were one or two idiots but generally speaking, they are great lads. I mixed with different lads, different dynamics and I really enjoyed my time there.”

Keane went on to manage Sunderland and Ipswich after calling time on his playing career. He now works regularly as a Sky Sports pundit.