The £5million man admits he turned down Celtic and Postecoglou

Riley McGree has explained he made the ‘right’ decision to reject Celtic and Ange Postecoglou. as he told Optus Sport.

The Australian had a chance to join the big Ange at Celtic during the January transfer window but opted for English champions Middlesbrough instead.

The midfielder was on loan at Birmingham City from Charlotte FC but there was interest in his signing from much bigger clubs so it was obvious he was leaving St Andrews.

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When Celtic and his former boss came knocking, many thought he was heading to Glasgow to help Postecoglou win back the title from Rangers.

Instead, he joined Chris Wilder at Riverside, with Boro ending the championship season five points clear of the playoff spots.

When asked about his call over the winter, McGree made it clear, “I’ll stand by it until the day I die.”

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

“I really think I did the right thing. All due respect to Celtic and Ange, but I’m a Middlesbrough player.

As for whether it was hard and whether Ange called him personally: “Yes, he did,” McGree replied. “And of course it wasn’t easy.

“But I did what I thought was right, and I will stand by it until the day I die.”

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Having won the Scottish Premiership title, their tenth in eleven seasons, Celtic also meant a direct route to the group stage of the Champions League.

None of that qualifying nonsense for the Bhoys so McGree is missing out on some big European nights from that perspective.

The lure of the Premier League will always be hanging in the air for its bill as the best league in the world and the money on offer.

But if Boro doesn’t manage promotion next season, McGree will have even more egg on his face whether or not he regrets his call to snub Celtic.

In other news, the director confirms Arsenal signed his player on a 7-figure deal, Edu could have gotten him free The £5million man admits he turned down Celtic and Postecoglou

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