Date: 1st February 2007 at 11:33am
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Martin O’Neill has spoken about his last gasp signing of Scottish international Shaun Maloney.

The Villa boss said: ‘We were very encouraged with the way it progressed and we knew Shaun wanted to come and sign. We agreed everything with Celtic, which was obviously pleasing and then it was simply a race against time. He is a very decent player, not only in my time at Celtic, but he has done excellently in the last couple of seasons.’

Adding: ‘He was out of contract in the summer and we left it late before we even went in for him because I thought he would sign a new contract at Celtic. But we had a chance, he wanted to take it and we wanted to do it. Shaun actually came on as a very young substitute in the Uefa Cup Final in 2003 and that shows how highly I think of him. When Henrik Larsson had a face injury, with a depressed fracture of his cheekbone,and was out for four or five weeks Maloney came in and played alongside Chris Sutton at centre forward.’

‘He scored in the Uefa Cup run. He’s an excellent player and I think he is as conscientious as they come.’

Great to see more youth signing up, makes a welcome change from what we’ve done in recent years panic buying players who were two years past their prime!


28 Replies to “O’Neill Has Faith In Maloney”

  • Yeah you’d have to think maloney is the last from Celtic now. It’s not much of a gamble for that price tho.

  • Shaun Maloney will be a great buy. I watched him in Champs League earlier this season, for The Tic, he was awesome. Dominated the game in a Rooney-esque manner from outside left, cutting in, dgreat vision, direct accurate defence splitting passes, he’ll be a great midlfielder and can play right up front if we need him too.

  • Astonvillionaire, you are bang on here. My best mate’s a Celtic fan – he’s good. But most importantly is different from what we have currently, young and is a natural finisher. He’s such a bargain compared to say 8m for Beattie, 8m for Heskey, 12m for Crouch need I go on

  • As well sutton and Petrov have hardly been disasters and judging by Carew and Young I think you got to just trust the man.

  • Celtic fan here. You have got a good player here and a guy that is great with the fans after having met him many times. Feel a wee bit betrayed but we got some money for him and he wasnt going to get a game ahead of McGeady. Good luck to him

  • OMG!! A friendly word about Maloney from a Celtic fan. Nice one Graeme. Very happy about this signing – in fact all 4 signings (inc Bardsley). Maloney has a decent scoring record despite starting most games on the bench. UTV!!

  • Graeme what’s this McGeady like? Why is he ahead of Maloney? What are Maloney’s qualities? Just interested.

  • Would we be better off then playing Barry at left back, Maloney on the left wing, Young on the right and Carew and Gabby up front? We could also keep Buoma at left back, Barry next to Petrov etc. Any views?

  • soz to interrupt but i gotta a feelin this guy is gonna be rather gd for just 1 million. he has got some SERIOUS potential and some of his goals are outstanding i think he will turn out to be up there with the other to permanent signings!!! no joke i think this guy could be seriously gd. THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT THE FUTURE IS CLARET AND BLUE

  • McGeady is really fast and skilful, rips it out of defenders for fun and scores goals. Hed be our equivalent of C.Ronaldo, A.Lennon and that type of player. Am no sayn this coz Maloney has left coz hes a great player as well but I think McGeady is more naturally talented

  • Maloney would defo be best on your left side and play Carew with a smaller striker up front with Petrov just in behind – thats were he is at his best

  • Well done Randy Lerner. No at all signings will prove to be successful but the Chairman has certainly done his bit, ensuring we get players in.

  • Well said Stevew. Mr Lerner has backed MON 100%, and we couldn’t have asked for more. We only know about the four new faces that came in, you can bet that we tried for countless others, but for one reason or another we were unable to complete the deals. Welcome aboard Shaun Maloney. Welcome to the premiership.

  • Hi, A REAL Celtic fan here – not Graeme Morrison!
    Maloney is by far Celtic’s best outfield player.

    I would love it if you bought McGeady off us, he’s like Ronaldo but without the pace, crossing skills, finishing etc….. he is infact just a Sunday League showboater who the chavs among the celtic support like along with Neil Lennon and the rubbish Graveson as he’s one of them.

    Villa boys – u just got yourselves the next Larsson, enjoy…you B@@@@@ds


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