Report: David Marshall may be allowed to move for free this summer

By John McGinley

July 12, 2020

Celtic target David Marshall could be on the move for free this summer as Wigan Athletic look to shed their wage bill, The Sun reports.

The Championship side have been plunged into financial distress and are currently in administration.

The paper believes that the club are now actively looking to make cuts to the playing squad in an effort to attract potential buyers.

The payroll may have to drop from as much as £19m per year to £7m per year in order to find a viable way forward.

That leaves David Marshall on the verge of an exit and possibly even available for free, according to the report.

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He has just a year left on his contract and has already been linked with a switch to Celtic this summer.

It was reported by The Daily Record earlier this month that Marshall features on a Lennon shortlist of potential replacements for last season’s number one Fraser Forster.

Marshall made 28 appearances for the Hoops as a young goalkeeper between 2004 and 2007 but couldn’t cement himself as Celtic’s go-to man between the sticks, with competition from players such as Artur Boruc.

Since then he’s played for Norwich, Cardiff, Hull and Wigan, largely in the English second-tier where he’s made over 400 appearances.

Former Celtic goalkeeper David Marshall / (Photo by Tony Quinn/MLS)

In the process, he’s impressed plenty and managed to win himself 33 Scotland caps.

He may not have the quality of a Fraser Forster but has been playing regularly enough to suggest he is capable of operating at Scottish Premiership level.

If Celtic are working on a tight budget this summer then he could just be the man to compete with Scott Bain for Lennon’s number one spot.