Wigan has agreed a 1 million pound fee for the transfer of Celtic winger Shaun Maloney, who spent a season and a half at Aston Villa under Martin O’Neill before returning to Glasgow. He’s had his share of injury problems but is a skillful, right-footed winger who should suit the Martinez style of play. Roberto calls him “magical.” He’s also a dead ball specialist, scoring numerous free-kicks during his time at Celtic. At a million pounds, you can’t go far wrong for a really talented player about to hit the peak of his career at 28.
Below are some comments from Celtic supporters upon hearing the news that Celtic and Wigan had agreed a fee:
“He was a great little talent and I thought he could take the mantle from Moravcik. However, injuries and playing in industrious sides that didn’t suit his play has resulted in a rather unfulfilled career. I don’t know what was more badly advised – his move to Villa or us buying him back. However, I won’t forget the season when he won his awards, linked up beautifully with Nakamura and swept us to the title. Good luck wee man…”
“With regards to the national team, hopefully Shaun Maloney gets a regular game for Wigan. When he’s fit and in the mood he can be a game changer…”
“I really rated Maloney, when fit I always said a better player than McGeady, but that’s at least two years now he’s struggled with injury.”
And this very impressive YouTube compilation: