Report: Experienced int'l openly wanted Celtic move in 2020; set for Scottish football switch
Experienced Scotland international and former Celtic star David Marshall is set to return to Scottish football with Hibs, according to West London Sport.
The report claims that Marshall had a host of clubs up north interested in his services. The player has been with QPR since January after signing a short-term contract.
Marshall came through the ranks at Parkhead and made his debut for the club in 2003. He would eventually leave in 2007 when Gordon Strachan sent him to Norwich City. Since then, he’s managed to form a fine career for himself down south.
Back in 2020 and before the arrival of Vasilis Barkas, Marshall stated that he wanted to return to Celtic Park [Scottish Sun]. He was again linked with the Hoops last year after our failed 10-in-a-row bid, with the Times reporting that he was open to a move to Celtic.
However, it looks as though David could instead be off to Hibs as he looks to reinvigorate his career.
Marshall has made 46 appearances for Scotland with his latest one coming at Euro 2021 last summer [Transfermarkt].
Ex-Celtic man David Marshall will be a huge upgrade for Hibs
If Marshall goes to Hibs, it can’t be denied just how big of an upgrade he would be on Matt Macey. He would instantly make the number 1 jersey his own and would be one of the standout goalkeepers in the division.
However, at the same time, Hibs are still without a manager. It’ll be a touch concerning for their supporters that they could be signing players without the final say-so coming from the boss. After all, it could be the case that the new man has a particular goalkeeper in mind himself.
Then again, this could be an opportunity they feel is just too good to turn down. Marshall is of the highest calibre Hibs can probably obtain this summer. It just looks like it would be a fine fit, and getting regular football under his belt again will be huge for him.
You could actually say we made a mistake in not making a move for him back in 2020. It would’ve been an interesting decision to bring him back to Scotland and he certainly would’ve performed to a higher standard than Barkas or Scott Bain.
Regardless, it’ll be great to see him back in Scottish football once again. Marshall is still a fine goalkeeper and he’s proven that time and time again with Scotland.
If Hibs do manage to pull off a move, it’ll be an absolute bargain for them.