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Ex-Stoke, Wolves striker Iwelumo: It was great to train under Dalglish with Larsson, Barnes

St Johnstone striker Chris Iwelumo has recalled the time when he was invited to trial with Celtic almost a decade-and-a-half ago.

The year was 2000 when the then-22-year old came to Glasgow to train with the likes of John Barnes and Henrik Larsson under the tutelage of Kenny Dalglish and he admits it was a great experience, although he admits he was not quite up to that level.

"Kenny McDowell, when he was the development/U21 coach, got me along (to Celtic)," the former Stoke City, Charlton Athletic, Wolves and Colchester United forward told the Scotsman.

"He had been my assistant manager at St Mirren and when I was in Denmark, they got me over. I was actually at Celtic for two, nearly three weeks.

"It was when John Barnes and Kenny Dalglish were there.

"They just wanted to have a look at me and I think we played Dundee and it was a fantastic experience but it was maybe a bit too daunting for me at that time. It's a massive club and a very well-run club and there were some very well-known people there but it wasn't to be and I had to go and ply my trade elsewhere.

"Larsson and all that were there and as a striker to train with someone like that, someone who is an absolute legend, was something special. It was a daunting thing to go out and train with these kind of guys.

"I have not had any regrets. There is no point being too disappointed it didn't work out because you can't hold on to things, everything happens for a reason and you have just got to take the good with the bad and keep moving forward."

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