Stephen Dobbie might be 35, but he’s going through the most purple patch of his career to date.

Back in September, Dobbie was Europe’s most prolific marksman. He has showed no signs of slowing down either. The Queen of the South forward has banged in an amazing 24 goals in 16 games this season. He’s also just signed a new deal.

He’s also a huge Rangers fan. Age could mean the former academy player might never get the chance to pull on his beloved blue. But at one point he really might’ve ended up playing for Celtic.

Dobbie came close

Speaking to Simon Ferry on Open Goal the veteran striker explained that Neil Lennon was interested in his services whilst he was in charge of Celtic between 2010-14.

Asked if he’d have joined the dark side Dobbie said: “I would have, it’s a massive club and at that time to go back to Glasgow was appealing.”

Stephen Dobbie has scored 24 goals already this season. (Photo by James Baylis – AMA/Getty Images)

Dobbie ended linking up with Neil Lennon regardless when Lennon was Bolton boss, but eventually moved back up North to Queen of the South.

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After leaving Rangers the striker went on to play for Hibs, St. Johnstone, Dumbarton, Swansea, Blackpool, Brighton, Crystal Palace, Fleetwood Town, Bolton and of course Queens.

 

He’s now made approximately 200 appearances for QoS and scored over 125 goals. He was even part of the famous side which reached the Scottish Cup Final in 2008, which was played against none other than Rangers.

Is Stephen Dobbie happy with how things panned out?

Do you think he regrets that the move to Celtic never materialised?

It’s hard to say. And whilst it may be a tough choice for (some) professional footballers to make, for example, Kenny Miller, as a fan there’s only ever going to be one response.

Not a chance.

Stephen Dobbie was an Academy graduate at Ibrox but couldn’t break into the first team. He was sent on loan to Australia before joining Hibs. DIGITAL IMAGE X Mandatory Credit: Robert Cianflone/ALLSPORT

Would you ever join forces with our biggest rivals?

Or do you believe in what Andy Goram said – “Rangers men don’t play for Celtic.”

 

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