Alan Shearer has revealed that he twice decided against leaving Newcastle for Celtic.

Speaking as he made an appearance for workout specialists Speedflex at a gym in Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire, the Newcastle legend says he had talks with Martin O’Neill on two different occasions as he thought he might have been leaving St. James’ Park.

How different would the Alan Shearer Newcastle United story have been then…

Thankfully the former NUFC striker saw sense despite the rollercoaster existence of Newcastle United during his time at the club.

Shearer also said that he believed the return of Rangers to a better state of health is essential  for Scottish football and he also lamented the lack of talent coming through in both Scotland and England.

The player turned pundit pointing to his son playing more FIFA on X-Box than playing football in the park with his mates, as had been the case when the former England Captain was growing up.

Alan Shearer:

 “It is more healthy for Scottish football when Rangers are in there and battling with the other teams. Scottish football has suffered from Rangers not being in the top flight – I suspect television and financial figures have gone down as well.

Joining Celtic:

“I actually spoke to Martin O’Neill twice about moving to Celtic a few years ago when I thought I might be leaving Newcastle. What if? Nah, I never look back. I lived my dream and I was a lucky lad.”

Homegrown players:

“Scotland, like England, must start producing players again. Where are the great players such as Dalglish, Souness, Hansen, Strachan? Where are the new kids coming through?”

Kids these days:

“It is the same in the north east of England. It is life I know, with safety fears meaning you don’t see as many kids out in the park playing football anymore.

“I see it in my own lad – I came in from school and immediately went out and played football, he comes in from school and goes on his X-Box to play FIFA.”