Date: 21st November 2007 at 11:16am
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You can tell the transfer window is fast approaching because the same stories are once again re-appearing.

The one story that just won’t go away is that Shaun Maloney will be returning to Celtic.

A report in the Daily Mail goes as far as saying the 24-year-old strikers agent has told Celtic to either take action or stop stirring. Never a good move I’d suggest, especially when dealing with a colourful character like Gordon Strachan who isn’t the sort of bloke to be told what to do!

Apparently Strachan said he viewed Maloney as ‘unfinished business’.

His agent said of the player who the Mail claim is on £22 000 a week,

‘It’s a bit mischievous when people keep saying these things.’ Adding ‘It would be unsettling for anyone to have these things cropping up all the time. If anyone has a serious interest in the player, then they should show their hand – otherwise it’s just speculation and mischief-making. I had people calling me up three months after Shaun left Celtic saying: ‘He’s coming back to Glasgow, isn’t he?’

Adding, ‘Until there is an agreement on all sides, then he is not. And right now nothing is happening. If Celtic want the player, they have to go through the correct channels, club to club, then we will talk. But I have no plans whatsoever to talk to Martin O’Neill about the player.’

The paper further claims that MON persuaded Maloney to give it until January at least. Sources Sportsmail have spoken to are convinced that a deal will be done with Celtic in January – with or without his agent’s prior agreement.

His agent further claims that other clubs are also interested but that the striker is now used to his surroundings. Trouble is for the player, he hasn’t really been given a chance yet – for whatever reason – so he is bound to be feeling unsettled surely?