David Marshall open to "massive" Celtic return

By David Walton

August 4, 2020

Former Celtic goalkeeper David Marshall has admitted that a return to Parkhead would be “massive” for him.

The Wigan shot-stopper could be available in a cut-price deal this summer if the Hoops are interested. The Herald reported earlier this summer that the Latics, recently relegated to League One and plunged into administration, would be open to doing a deal for Scotland goalkeeper Marshall.

Celtic have already splashed out on Vasilis Barkas, who looks like being the club’s new number one. Behind him, Scott Bain carries the number two gloves whilst Conor Hazard looks like being promoted to third choice.

David Marshall playing for Scotland (Photo by Erwin Spek/Soccrates/Getty Images)

However, Marshall would be keen to throw his hat into the ring for the battle to be the Parkhead side’s first-choice. Speaking in the Scottish Sun, the veteran seemed more than a little keen to join up for the 10-in-a-row chase.

“Of course a Celtic move would appeal. I think it would interest any player. But to a Celtic fan growing up, and someone who played there as a youngster coming through, it would be a massive thing for me. I’ll just need to see how it all pans out.

“I haven’t heard anything from Celtic, but I’ll always have that affinity with them and it would be great if it happens.

“The administration at Wigan happened and people were putting two and two together. Celtic have obviously now signed the boy Barkas from Greece, losing two keepers and bringing one in. I don’t know if they’re looking for another one.”

Lennon comments suggest Celtic won’t make Marshall move

Any move for Marshall appears to have been killed off several days ago in truth. Celtic manager Neil Lennon was asked whether he was still interested in signing up a new goalkeeper, and stated that it wasn’t a position he felt he needed to add to further (The Scotsman).

Effectively, that would surely mean Marshall isn’t being considered. It’s also probably telling that he hasn’t had any contact from the club either. Lennon likes Bain in particular, so you can see why he’s happy to go with what we have.

That’s not to say a Parkhead return for Marshall could never happen. He’s a more than capable shot-stopper. This is a man with over 400 English Championship appearances as well as 33 Scotland caps (Transfermarkt). There’s not much in football that Marshall hasn’t seen.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But even if Celtic were interested, Marshall doesn’t speak like a man who would be happy to come in and play second fiddle. Speaking in the same report about Scott Bain (Scottish Sun), Marshall talks about how difficult it is to step back from being a number one after you’ve tasted the position for yourself. That suggests playing back-up to Barkas wouldn’t be something he would be keen on if he arrived in Glasgow.

In any case, it’s clear the affection that Marshall still has for Celtic. Maybe a reunion will happen one day, but it doesn’t look like it will be this summer.

In other news, a report has stated that Celtic won’t be making a move for a certain £5.4m rated Croatian defender.