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Victor Wanyama reveals desire to return to Celtic

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Wanyama left Celtic in 2013
Wanyama left Celtic in 2013 / Andrew Katsampes/ISI Photos/GettyImages

CF Montreal midfielder Victor Wanyama has admitted he still wants to return and give it "a last go" at Celtic.

The Kenyan midfielder played 91 times for the Hoops across all competitions between 2011 and 2013, scoring 13 goals and winning three trophies before leaving for Southampton.

After three seasons on the south coast and another three-and-a-half years at Tottenham Hotspur, Wanayama joined MLS side Montreal in 2020. He's since become a key player for the Canadian club, ranking second among his teammates for tackles (53) and recoveries (215) this season alone, while he's also chipped in with two goals.

But Wanyama still feels the pull of Parkhead and says he wishes to return there to play one day.

“I had a contract at Tottenham and they were very difficult to let me go, the demands were very hard," he told Football Scotland. "Celtic was a club that I would love to play for again and again. It’s more than a club. I enjoyed my time there.

“I honestly want to come back and give it a last go because I love the club, the people there, the fans, just everything there was great. They give the players everything to go on the pitch and perform. Everything was just on top."

Wanyama's failure to return to Celtic hasn't been for the want of trying. The 30-year-old revealed the Glasgow giants made a bid to re-sign him on loan and that he even spoke to then-manager Neil Lennon, but finances ultimately got in the way.

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Wanyama won two league titles and a Scottish Cup during his two years at Celtic. / Jeff J Mitchell/GettyImages

“There was a loan approach but I don’t know what happened," he continued. "I didn’t follow it up that much. I spoke to Neil as well and he said to me ‘it’s difficult with the demands’ and at that time they didn’t have the money to make it happen. But it is what it is. As I say, I still love that club, it’s in my heart.”

Right now, Wanyama will be focusing on helping Montreal qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs, with the Canadian side one point and one place outside the top seven with a single regular-season game to go.

That match is at home to Orlando City, with a Montreal win enough to leapfrog the Lions in the table.