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Lonely Maloney Returns to…Scotland

Lonely Maloney Returns to…Scotland

Shaun Maloney has departed Aston Villa.

In what must be considered a protracted transfer arrangement, even by Villa`s standards, the deal to take Shaun Maloney to Celtic has finally been closed, having started more than likely the day after Maloney joined Aston Villa from Celtic.

As the official site randomly wanders into contradicting itself, the "versatile 25-year old" hasn`t quite had the versatility to settle in the West Midlands, with the Malaysian born midfielder/forward often being quoted as being homesick from those mysterious 'sources close to the player.`

Martin O`Neill discussed the departure of Shaun, briefly, to

"We're going to try and get some more in because we need to strengthen. We've taken a few players on but Shaun's gone now and we still want a few in. We'll be working vigorously towards that end.

"The players need that strength in depth. If we can get a bit more competition, that's really healthy. Sidwell's desperate to get back and involved, Cuellar is the same."

Sorry Shaun, you just didn`t do enough. As far as I will remember you, as a misery faced, "homesick" player who showed very brief flashes of ability, and little else.


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Friday August 22 2008
Time: 1:54PM


Finally he shows some ambition.
22/08/2008 14:13:00
One that got away in my opinion. He is talented and it is a shame he never showed it. I agree he could sulk at times and could be found lacking for effort, but he always gave the impression that he could deliver so much more, perhaps as a front partner to Carew. Now we will never know.
22/08/2008 14:15:00
I disagree about the brief flashes. I thought he had ability and given more of a run out would have shown us what he was capable of. I agree though that he never settled and its all been a bit of a waste of time.
22/08/2008 14:17:00
Ambition-thats a good one. Playing in a league that only has two teams is ambition? Its too bad little Shaun didn't step up to the plate and deliver, he's a talented player. Now sod off weetim, we're all tired of you now and you're giving Cletic fans a bad rep.
22/08/2008 14:23:00
i think his inability to deliver stems from lack of opportunity. o'neill has always favoured dogged pragmatism in favour of flair, meaning that maloney would often be sacrificed for a bigger more physical player when battling to secure the points that would move villa up the table. it's shame o'neill couldn't provide the kind of environment where shaun would have flourished as it's obvious he has incredible ability. but there you go, sometimes things just don't work out. anyway, seems like both parties are quite happy with this arrangement.
22/08/2008 14:38:00
As soon as I saw the title of the thread I knew Murph had written it. The truth is maloney never said one word against the club in all the time he was here, except for the fact that he wanted to get a place in the first team. The rest of it was the usual media *********, so leave the bloke alone. I for one wish him all the best. I would have loved to have seen him make it at Villa but it wasn't to be.
22/08/2008 14:39:00
7 goals in 33 games is by no means a poor showing for a midfielder who has to play with the qualty goalgetters we have already i for one hope he can show us his stuff for the green hoops. thanks for the 2 against the foriegn legion
Astonian Villan
22/08/2008 14:50:00
weetim67 by returning to Scotland.... very very comedic indeed.
22/08/2008 14:51:00
still scored some important goals for use, fulham at home last minute, 2 at chelsea and a cracking free kick against sunderland when we were poor! Not good enough when he has played at times but good luck, just dont think it worked out the way everyone wanted. it happens sometimes!
22/08/2008 14:51:00
Little toad should never have come : "I shouldn't have come to a situation to leave Celtic," Maloney said. "I knew it was not the right move and I really struggled - in my heart of hearts I knew Aston Villa was not the club I wanted to play for."
22/08/2008 15:05:00
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