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Maloney Wants To Get On With It

Shaun Maloney has spoken of his move to Villa in the Scotsman

'There are reasons why I left the club which, I guess, should remain private and it's unfortunate that things like that are said but to be honest it doesn't really offend me, people can have their opinions. I'm certainly not bitter towards the club or the manager or anything like that, it just ended up in a way that I had to make the decision and that was the decision I came to at the time. It was certainly a hard one to make because it was going on for quite a few months. I had been there since I was 16 so I was obviously happy there. The last few months I found difficult, but a lot of players have been through that. I loved playing for the club for as many years as I did but people move on and that happens at a lot of football clubs.'

Adding on Villa: 'To be honest, in a lot of ways, it's very similar to Scotland and the only difference I notice really is that when I was with Celtic I was attacking for the majority of the game, whereas with Aston Villa it's definitely a bit more even and maybe the opposite way, especially when we are playing the top four. That's when keeping the ball is such a big thing against the top four in England. When you do lose it you are pretty much straight on the defence. The pace of the opposing team to get into your last third is pretty quick and that was one of the things I noticed in the couple of games I've played.'

So far he has only made an appearance in the claret and blue of Villa for the games against Reading and Fulham, with first team chances hampered by a virus, he said:

'Now I just want to play as many games as I possibly can to try to bed myself into the team. I've had a couple of games but then missed a few but, yeah, it's just basically to bed myself into the team and get to know my new team-mates and for them to know me, that's the plan. I was very motivated when I was at Celtic. I think every year you have goals that you have to win, well you don't have to but you want to win the league and, obviously, Champions League is a major factor. But I think because it's very much an unknown for me and I've done very little in the English game, it's the fear factor that I guess is pushing me on to greater heights and that will help improve me as a player. I think I would have done that anyway at my last club but hopefully I will do it at this club as well and that fear factor will probably hurry me along.'




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The Journalist

Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday March 25 2007

Time: 5:54PM

Your Comments

Watch your backs with this little money grabber. He is lying through his teeth...again! All we heard from him was "I want to stay at Celtic" Just remember, these money minded people never repay the faith you place in them. Mark my words!
weetim67
Not a little bitter at him leaving Celtic for a club in a league with more than two clubs are ypu weetim?
col8
bitter bitter bitter bitter
Stig
I want to see the lad start against the blue scouse a week today. He showed enough at Reading to suggest that he has more than enough to offer us, and I'd like to see him get an extended run from now through to seasons end. Help the lad get established, and send him off on his summer hols more than convinced that he made the right decision in leaving Celtic to move to Villa Park and the big boys league.
glensider
Money grabber he's only played for two teams!!!! Celtic and Villa. Get over it.
iomvilla
I agree glensider, from what I saw (on tv) he looked good against Reading and would love to see him given a start against Everton.
jonah
As for your comment about Shaun being a 'money grabber' weetim67, with all due respect, wake up, get a life and join us in the 21st century. Dont know what profession you're in, but I know for sure that if a competitor of my current company offered me a healthy pay increase and a better working environment than I currently enjoy, then believe me I'd not only be seriously tempted, I'd probably jump at it. Surely we all in this life continually attempt to better ourselves? Why should Shaun Maloney be expected to be any different?
glensider
If Celtic want to keep their best players they'll need to pay the market rates of what players are paid elsewhere. I think some Scottish Clubs are still living in the in the '50's where anyone contemplating playing further south than Carlisle was committing a treasonable crime.
villacross
 

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