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Maloney To Celtic Story Returns!

Maloney To Celtic Story Returns!

You can tell the transfer window is fast approaching because the same stories are once again re-appearing.

The one story that just won't go away is that Shaun Maloney will be returning to Celtic.

A report in the Daily Mail goes as far as saying the 24-year-old strikers agent has told Celtic to either take action or stop stirring. Never a good move I'd suggest, especially when dealing with a colourful character like Gordon Strachan who isn't the sort of bloke to be told what to do!

Apparently Strachan said he viewed Maloney as 'unfinished business'.

His agent said of the player who the Mail claim is on £22 000 a week,

'It's a bit mischievous when people keep saying these things.' Adding 'It would be unsettling for anyone to have these things cropping up all the time. If anyone has a serious interest in the player, then they should show their hand - otherwise it's just speculation and mischief-making. I had people calling me up three months after Shaun left Celtic saying: 'He's coming back to Glasgow, isn't he?'

Adding, 'Until there is an agreement on all sides, then he is not. And right now nothing is happening. If Celtic want the player, they have to go through the correct channels, club to club, then we will talk. But I have no plans whatsoever to talk to Martin O'Neill about the player.'

The paper further claims that MON persuaded Maloney to give it until January at least. Sources Sportsmail have spoken to are convinced that a deal will be done with Celtic in January - with or without his agent's prior agreement.

His agent further claims that other clubs are also interested but that the striker is now used to his surroundings. Trouble is for the player, he hasn't really been given a chance yet - for whatever reason - so he is bound to be feeling unsettled surely?

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Wednesday November 21 2007
Time: 11:15AM


He must be going,the guy never plays.
21/11/2007 11:26:00
Bottom line, they know they made a mistake letting him go, so now they are trying to unsettle him. It's tapping up and UEFA should be investigating. I still think he has a big future at Villa. Just needs a run of games to get his confidence back. If he does go then the fee should be £6-8m.
21/11/2007 11:28:00
Sorry lads, just don't think we need him, good player and all and great to watch him going past players, but he doesnt know when to release the ball. 3-5m should do it, THEN AGAIN if we had to pay stupid money for Petrov then they can pay stupid money for Maloney.
Villa 4 Ever
21/11/2007 11:33:00
How long is a player prepared to sit on a bench,when he started against Bolton he was not great.I cant wait to hear from the Celtic fans again.
21/11/2007 11:34:00
let him go.... he never plays for us anyhow. Get our money back if not more and concentrate on players that aren't laibilities or cry babies or don;t like being away form their mommies for too long.
21/11/2007 11:37:00
Would love to see him get his chance. Celtic fans don't seem that keen on him returning after he left so controversially!
The Fear
21/11/2007 11:45:00
I agree with The Fear i would like to see him get more of a chance. I think he should be started before Moore as he has failed to produce the goods. Give him a few starts and i'm sure he will bang a few goals in and become a fans favourite.
21/11/2007 11:51:00
Let him go, it took a while like it does for all young players but scottosh full backs ssussed him out when they found out he can only cut onto his right foot from Lm, so they just forced him onto his left. The guy really isnt that good, I dont want to see him cut onto his right and then sky into into the holte or pass it sideways. The fancy ***** isnt worthwhile and he really *****ed me off when he came on against ManU and the lads who had been playing for an the full 90 against the champions with 9 men were putting more effort in then he was. Add the fact he dosent want to be here and he can most certainly ***** off.
21/11/2007 11:55:00
That's the thing V4E, your club paid stupid money for Petrov as it is in keeping with the past 15 years at Villa. Mistake after mistake. We are the bigger club so we will dictate.
21/11/2007 11:56:00
Let him go, he does have some talent but his attitude stinks. I'm sure we'd make a tidy profit on what we paid.
21/11/2007 11:58:00
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