£5m man admits turning down Celtic and Postecoglou

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Riley McGree says he made the ‘right’ call to turn down Celtic and Ange Postecoglou, as he told Optus Sport.

The Aussie had the chance to join the great Angel at Celtic in the January transfer window but instead opted to sign for English Championship side Middlesbrough.

The midfielder was on loan to Birmingham City from Charlotte FC, but much bigger clubs were interested in signing him, so it was obvious he was going to leave St Andrews.

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When Celtic and their former boss came knocking, many believed he would be heading to Glasgow to help Postecoglou reclaim the title from Rangers.

Instead, he joined Chris Wilder at the Riverside, with Boro finishing the Championship season five points out of the play-off places.

When McGree was asked about that call he made in the winter, he clarified, “I’ll stick with it until the day I die.”

“You come to these decisions at times in your career where you have to make decisions,” McGree said.

“I really believe I made the right choice. All due respect to Celtic and Ange, but I’m a Middlesbrough player.

If it was difficult and if Ange called him personally: “Yeah, he did,” McGree replied. “And it wasn’t easy, of course.

“But I did what I thought was right and I will stick to it until the day I die.”

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After winning the Scottish Premiership title, their tenth in Celtic’s 11 seasons, it also meant a direct route to the Champions League group stages.

None of this makes sense to the Bhoys, so from that perspective McGree is missing out on some big European nights.

The appeal of the Premier League will always be in the air because it is dubbed the best league in the world and the money that is on offer.

But if Boro fails to secure promotion next season then McGree will have even more eggs in his face whether or not he regrets his call to snub Celtic.

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