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Celtic's Maloney Makes It Three

Celtic's Maloney Makes It Three

Martin O'Neill has returned to his old haunt in Scotland and taken Celtic's Shaun Maloney just before the transfer window closed last night.

The 24-year-old Malaysian-born midfielder signed for £1m on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

The Scotland international, in the 2005-6 season, became the first player to win both the Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards.

Maloney brings yet more versatility to Villa as he can play as an attacking midfielder or a striker and according to the official site has tremendous pace and a great eye for a goal.

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday February 1 2007
Time: 10:17AM

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Good news, must be a superstar in the making the way the sweatys are goin on.
01/02/2007 10:31:00
It is great to see him in the claret and blue dress. He is good prospect and he will fit in our young and perspective squad, something like Arsenal last year. Now they (we) are going to be better and better. Up the Villa.
01/02/2007 10:31:00
Says he is highly rated north of the border, If he is highly rated why was he so cheap, I have to admit not knowing anything about him but MON obviously does.
01/02/2007 11:08:00
He was hopefully 'so cheap' for the same reason Roy Keane was so cheap when he was signed from Cobh Ramblers. The same applies to any number of amazing/decent/not so decent players who have made the trip from elsewhere to the Premiership. Some of them make it big, some of the make it OK, and some don't make it, but until they are proven in the Prem they come cheap. It doesn't mean they are no good though ...
01/02/2007 11:11:00
It's a big step from the SPL to the Premiership as Barry Ferguson an Stylian Petrov have proved. However if he's half as good as Young and Carew were last night then it's been a very succesful January.
01/02/2007 11:15:00
He was cheap because his contract was up this coming summer and he'd signed a pre contract with us. The deal yestarday ws just to get him in now rather than wait.
01/02/2007 11:21:00
Cant argue with it for a million really - the guy is an international and if it doesnt work out well at villa then they will be no shortage of takers at the same price, or more if he is under a longer term contract. I have a good feeling about this guy though. Cant compare him with Petrov really - the guy is a true Brit and adjusting to the prem would be a lot easier.
01/02/2007 11:25:00
if he was mid-contract we would of had to pay at the very least 5 million
01/02/2007 11:29:00
ive been hunting about, hes either an attacking midfielder or a striker, wheres he gonna play people?
01/02/2007 11:48:00
right mid in a 4-3-3, good option over petrov, also up front left or down the middle. also could play in barrys shoes if barry played left back.
01/02/2007 13:09:00
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