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Maloney Baloney

Reports tonight are confirming earlier speculation that Shaun Maloney will be unveiled as a Celtic player once again either later on in the day or tomorrow morning.

Shaun is at Parkhead tonight and he's been there for most of the afternoon if reports are correct, and it's believed he has signed a 3 or 4 year contract, on around £20,000 a week.

This puts an end to the wee players sulking if true, and it's not too harsh to say he won't be missed. Simply because despite obviously having the talent, he just didn't make much of an impact whilst here.

The figure for the return back is believed to be in the region of £1 million, the same figure we paid Celtic to test drive his Premiership ambitions, so although it's a shame we've lost out on paying his wages he did provide some cover last season, but it's obvious he was only going to be a bit part player if that in our current campaign.

For me it's no great loss, and it's probably best for club and player that he moves. At least it puts an end to the Shaungate Celtic return rumours we had regularly and of course it means we don't have to cringe when he or his agent are in the papers moaning about being homesick or missing his Mum's cooking.

Then again the homesickness was never qualified as Scotland, it could've been Malaysia - I don't know?

Hopefully this signals the start of another few signings for us, but rather than bringing in a body to replace Maloney, I'd rather it opened the door for Routledge to have a proper run now.

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Thursday August 21 2008
Time: 6:57PM


No great loss, he was a nice enuogh bloke but had very little desire to properly fight for a place in the first team,Say what you want about him but At least zat knight does that,With maloney we were throwing good money after bad.Maloney will go home(not that he was on another continent)And walk into arguably the best team in scotland week in week out and be treated like the main man,Good luck to him if thats what he wants to do,As someone else said its no great loss to us.
21/08/2008 19:32:00
Dissapointed that he never settled, he is a very good player who could have been an asset, good luck to him if he completes his move back to Celtic
21/08/2008 19:34:00
Disgusted in this lads attitude, He DOES have the skill but obviously not the application or determionation to succeed. Pathetic
21/08/2008 19:39:00
he showed glimpses of awesomeness and i always thought it was a matter of time before he stepped it up. i am actually a wee bit more gutted than the writer
21/08/2008 20:11:00
The writer is obviously a blinded individual. There are some pretty childish remarks here. Shaun Maloney has exceptional talent. Personally, as a Celtic fand I am still unsure of whether or not we should take him back. I am being deadly serious when I say this. Moving from Celtic to Villa was not exactly an ambitious step! He downgraded but was getting more money. This proved to many that one thing he lacks is ambition. If he didn't cut it with Villa, I am dubious to say the least that he could cut it again with Celtic. Time will tell I guess.
21/08/2008 20:22:00
I Liked him and don't believe he was given all the opportunities that some have had (eg Petrov) - so we will never know if he would have been worth keeping. He looked good quite often eary on when he got a chance and invariably tried to be positive and had a direct style of entertaining play. Good Luck to him I am sure he could be a success in the Premier League either side of the border.
21/08/2008 20:42:00
Couldn't cut it in the Prem, but will no doubt go back to shine in SPL again, which is obviously more to his level. Lets hope the better side of Glasgow has sold us a more capable Premiership performer in Cueller.
21/08/2008 20:45:00
Mr Woo has exceptional talent, but I doubt he could cut it against the big boys either.
21/08/2008 20:48:00
oh oh weetim is back. He showed ambition but couldn't make it count when it mattered. Certainly not enough end product when given the chance. Returning back to where he came shows lack of ambition rather than stepping up his game. I'm sure he'll go on to be your superstar again. Meanwhile routledge will get a run out which i prefer. Althou those bitter comments about maloney getting injured for us might come back to haunt you
21/08/2008 21:08:00
I guess this is what happens when a class act like Maloney goes to a backstreet outfit like Villa. There are three teams in the EPL. Villa isn't one of them. Villa fans have been praying for Maloney to get more games but the ever righteous MON screwed up again.
21/08/2008 21:21:00
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