Wrexham winger James McLean has revealed he tried to join Celtic for a decade but couldn't because the club chiefs were "s*** scared of drama".

The 35-year-old - who has played for Republic of Ireland 104 times - was desperate to sign for Celtic.

However, he claims any hopes of a move were scuppered by fears over "drama" should he be signed.

The winger explained the situation on Instagram as he urged Celtic to sign Adam Idah on a permanent deal.

McLean had responded to Idah's farewell message to Celtic fans by commenting: "Sign him up to f***"

One Celtic supporter then demanded McLean sign for Brendan Rodger's side as well.

But McLean quickly explained he had wanted to join Celtic for 10 years as he cited concerns from board members over the move never coming off.

The footballer responded: "Tried for 10 years, board s*** scared of 'drama'.

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McLean has faced backlash in his career over his decision not to wear a poppy, once turning his back on the national anthem and also a "light-hearted" joke where he wore a balaclava for an at-home school lesson on "history".

McLean previously said of his desire to join Celtic, after appearing in a testimonial match for Scott Brown: “Look, if it was up to me I’d have been a Celtic player a long time ago.

"When I was leaving Sunderland, you get the rumour pages and I saw one saying Celtic had a bid accepted for me and I remember being buzzing.

"At the time it was under Paolo Di Canio and it was in my head that I was leaving anyway. I thought this is it! But absolutely nothing came of it.

"They signed Derk Boerrigter instead. For one reason or another over the last few years it hasn’t happened - but it hasn’t been for the want of trying."