David Marshall admits he was never close to rejoining Celtic; hails Stevie Woods

By David Walton

November 11, 2020

Derby County goalkeeper David Marshall has admitted that he was never once close to returning to Celtic in the summer, as he hailed Stevie Woods for his development.

Marshall stated during the summer window that he was itching to rejoin his boyhood club after leaving Wigan at the end of last season (Scottish Sun). However, instead, the stopper signed for Derby County in the Championship.

Celtic, meanwhile, splashed out on Greek goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas, and so far their goalkeeping troubles have continued as both he and Scott Bain have struggled to impress despite regular game-time being given to the pair.

But Scotland goalkeeper Marshall has admitted that he was never close to rejoining the club he wanted to sign for in the summer. He did, however, highlight Celtic goalkeeping coach Woods for his role in his development over the years.

As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Marshall said: “I spoke to Terry Gennoe not that long ago, he only stays about an hour from me in Derby. Woodsy has been great (for his development). I think it was Terry who brought Woodsy into Celtic and I have always got on great with him.

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“A return to Celtic was never close. I joined Derby, signed for a couple of years and I am really delighted with that.”

Marshall’s skills have always been underestimated

Let’s be honest, there was plenty of us who turned our noses up at the prospect of Marshall coming back to Celtic in the summer. The truth is that he just wasn’t fashionable enough. The Celtic fans wanted something fresher.

However, he’s shining in the Championship with Derby, and hasn’t conceded over one goal in a single game in seven of his 11 Championship appearances this season (Transfermarkt).

Offering him the chance to come back to the club he broke through at all those years ago would’ve, in hindsight, been a smart move. He’s still a dependable stopper and is performing to a higher level than the two we currently rely on.

David Marshall / (Photo by Dave Howarth – CameraSport via Getty Images)

As well as that, Marshall is still a regular at international level with Scotland. Steve Clarke continues to use him as his first-choice, and time after time he produces heroics for his country. You only need to look at his penalty saves against Israel last month for his latest superstar showing.

However, in truth, all of that is now in the past. We can’t rewind time and bring him back to Glasgow, but at the very least he deserves much more credit for his goalkeeping ability.

Marshall has proven himself at all levels in recent years, and despite the fact he’s 35, there are still no signs of him regressing anytime soon.

In other news, we discuss the future of a Celtic player who the Hoops refused to let go in the summer.