Date: 21st August 2008 at 6:58pm
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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.