Olivier Giroud has confessed that he almost signed for Celtic back in 2010 as the Chelsea striker opted to step up a level in France and play in Ligue one.

The striker is nearing 100 caps for France and is to remain in London next season.

The former Gunners striker nearly signed for the Hoops when Giroud decided it was time to leave Ligue 2 side Tours.

He stated it was a hard decision to say no to a big club like Celtic to sign for Montpellier, but insisted his reasons were valid.

Giroud said: “Yes, I had contact with Celtic in 2010. I could have played at one of the most magnificent atmospheres in the world at Celtic Park.

“It would also have given me a springboard towards the English Premier League, Middlesbrough, in the Championship, were also interested.

“But I chose to sign for Montpellier for three reasons.

“I wanted to play in Ligue 1 before leaving France. I had never played a Ligue 1 match before signing for Montpellier.

“Secondly, my agents advised me to sign for Montpellier even though they would have made more money if I had signed for Celtic.

“Money has been important in my career, I am not playing football for glory, but it has never been my main aim and that’s also why I preferred to move to Montpellier.

“And thirdly, Montpellier’s late owner, Louis Nicollin, convinced me not to go to Scotland and so I signed for him instead.”