Former Barcelona and Brazil national team star Rivaldo has revealed several British clubs were in contact with him back in 2004.
The Hoops were finding a replacement for Henrik Larsson when the latest moved to Barcelona.
Former Celtic manager Martin O’Neill has been interested in signing the Ballon d’Or winner, who was a free agent after leaving Cruzeiro.
Despite having contacts with not only Celtic but Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham and Rangers, Rivaldo eventually joined Greek side Olympiacos.
“Yep, I remember that Celtic were interested in me back then,” Rivaldo told the Scottish Sun.
“I do not remember if we ever met to discuss it. I think Celtic sent an offer, like many other clubs at that time.
“I had meetings at Manchester, London and Liverpool. Sir Alex Ferguson was interested as well as Tottenham, we even had a meeting with Daniel Levy and Liverpool, Gerard Houlier called me,” he added.