Dundee United midfielder Willo Flood has called on Celtic to end the uncertainty over his future after days of speculation ended in penalty shoot-out heartache.
Flood admitted speculation over a move to Celtic had unsettled him after missing the crucial spot-kick as the Hoops moved into the Co-operative Insurance Cup final with an incredible 11-10 sudden-death triumph.
The on-loan Cardiff player had been the focus of attention before the Hampden clash.
Cardiff boss Dave Jones claimed Celtic manager Gordon Strachan had approached City while Parkhead coach Neil Lennon confirmed their interest.
However, the Irishman has been starved of information and United were unable to control the situation given Flood is not their player on a permanent basis.
Flood faced the pressure of proving his commitment against his potential new employers - and he came closest to scoring for the Terrors during the goalless encounter.
The 23-year-old forced Artur Boruc into a smart early save and shot wide after a clever run into the box late in extra-time.
Flood confidently dispatched the first penalty in the shoot-out but fate seemed to be conspiring against him and he hit the bar with his second before Scott McDonald set up the first Old Firm final since 2003.
Strachan made no comment when asked about Flood after the game and the player now wants the situation clarified.
‘I think it's a bit stupid the way it has gone on,’ he said.
‘If it was going to be done, it should have been done. If it's not, then they should make a statement saying it's not going to be done.
‘I think it's a bit disrespectful to Dundee United when they have done so well for me, that there are things in the papers saying 'Celtic want Flood'.
‘I think a statement should come out on their behalf.
‘I have a missus and a kid and we don't know whether we are coming or going.
‘I speak to my agent every day and we don't know what's happening.’
Flood admitted being unsure of himself when he took the 23rd penalty in the shootout.
‘At the start I thought 'thank god, that's me over',’ Flood said.
‘I was laughing with the boys on the halfway line. Then it came back to me and I thought 'oh, no'.
‘When I went up to take the pen I was thinking of going the opposite way, which I never do. I think that's why I just gave it a little bit too much.’
Flood, whose Cardiff contract expires in the summer, admits he would consider a move to Celtic.
‘If the offer came, I would have to have a good think about it and sit down with my missus and see what we think is in the best interests of our family,’ he said.
But he would be sad to end his United career on such a downbeat note after building up a strong relationship with United boss Craig Levein during his 18 months at Tannadice.
‘I would be very disappointed because the manager has been unbelievable to me,’ Flood said.
‘He has put my career back on track and everything I gain in football I owe to Craig Levein and Peter Houston.
‘They have got confidence in me and I think they have made me a better player. ‘It would be a sad, sad situation if I was to leave but, who knows, I might be here for a few years to come.’