Celtic midfield set for possible change

It has been reported in several papers in recent days that former Celtic midfielder Shaun Maloney is set for a return to the Scottish champions. Maloney has failed to settle at Aston Villa and a return to the Hoops is the most likely outcome.

Maloney left Celtic for a fee of around £1 million during last January's transfer window. Since then though he has only made 14 appearances for the Midlanders scoring just 2 goals in those games. Villa boss Martin O'Neill still wants Maloney to stay but it looks as though that won't be happening.

So with the possible arrival of Maloney at Celtic in January, Celtic may be set to lose one of their prized assets. Japanese international Shunsuke Nakamura has apparently expressed a desire to return to Japan. Nakamura has been a terrific success at the club and it would be a real shame to see him leave.



  1. Anonymous said,

    Well i know that wee Shaun is desperate to return to Celtic and has admitted himself that he made a huge mistake leaving. There is absolutely no chance of him improving whatsoever under O`Neill, who has no interest in bringing through young players. O`Neill is a cheque book manager and a very poor one at that. I feel sorry for wee Shaun, who has tremendous ability, and i feel sorry for the Villa supporters having to put up with 1950s style hammer thrower football under the arrogant,useless O`Neill.

    on 11:54 p.m.  

  2. Anonymous said,

    That "hammer thrower" manager happens to be a fine manager and if you watched celtic during the seville year and the next we played some good atacking football. A hammer thrower manager of classic description is smith over at rangers who just sends his team out to kick the other team off the park. The 1950's? Do you know anything about football??? That was the time of no defence all out fast flow attacking football the lisbon team had more than five strikers if im correct so please in future don't pretend you know what your talking about.

    on 12:35 a.m.  

  3. Anonymous said,

    Well our midfield would be better with mcgeady on the right and sean back where he belongs as nakamura is a luxury player all be it a nice one he's just alan thomson all over again couldn't drop him but really shouldn't play him. As for the other posts the first one is obviously a hun and the second is not far wrong but i'd say o'neils football can be called direct and attacking but with players like bobo varga lenny hartson sutty and thomo you don't exactly have a barcalona style of play however with martins record vs them as impressive as it is whos to say whos right or wrong.

    on 1:19 a.m.  

  4. Anonymous said,

    Anonymous (12.35)...It`s way past your bedtime little boy. You don`t even know that it was 1967 in Lisbon that Celtic won the European Cup. Is 1967 in the 1950s?. btw: I was at that game in Lisbon. Your post is total and utter crap. Jock Stein`s philosophy was.."make sure you`re well covered at the back and attack them flat out". O`Neill does not have a clue how to use a flair player, and left Celtic with the biggest debt in their history by a country mile. Strachan has already surpassed O`Neill`s "achievements", although his teams are very unpredictable i must admit. Do i know anything about football??????.....Yes, a little. I`m a former Republic Of Ireland international player, i hold all UEFA coaching badges, and have twice taken teams to the semi-final of the FA cup as a manager. Not very impressive admitedly, but a slight improvement on you.

    on 1:20 a.m.  

  5. Anonymous said,

    yes yes buts football manager doenst count!!!

    on 1:51 a.m.  

  6. Anonymous said,

    ok its getting interesting now...who is the former Irish international posting on this site..who can work it out?

    on 4:41 a.m.  

  7. Keving said,

    Its probably a relation of the bloggers on this site.

    I agree wie the "coach" what he says is spot on regarding Lisboa and GS unpredictable teams.

    Love to see Shaun back, him and Aiden on both wings, magic.

    If only we would sign some fullbacks


    on 8:28 a.m.  

  8. Christopher said,

    "yes yes buts football manager doenst count!!!"

    Priceless comeback, I was thinking the same! LMAO

    on 3:40 p.m.  

  9. Anonymous said,

    I cannot believe that you are asking for "wee" shaun to come back, canyou not remember why he left in the 1st place, well i'll tell you, to chase the money nothing to do with footballing reasons we offered him 20, yes 20 grand a week on a 5 year deal. thats not bad considering he only played well for 2 seasons, what was he doing before that, he was injured and Celtic carried him through a long term injury by sending him to the top specialists in the world, how is that repaid, by leaving at the 1st oppertunity.

    i would never let this wee scroat pull on the most famous jersey in the world again.
    he made his choice now let him live with it.

    on 4:27 p.m.  

  10. Well this has caught my attention. So let's look at the facts here to my knowledge (and a bit of wikipedia) there's only one former republic of ireland player who has even got to one (let alone two) fa cup semi final and that's Mick McCarthy. I could be wrong but i was pretty thorough. Now although i'd say it's possible i doubt 8 year old Mick from Barnsley would have been at the 67 final. Also "Mick", O'Niell a cheque book manager? Your having a joke that term is reserved for Ferguson at manwho or o'leary when at leeds so please could you just either bring some proof to the table or go back to follow follow or whatever anti celtic site you frequent.

    on 9:38 p.m.