Report: David Marshall set to join Derby County after links to Celtic

By John McGinley

August 19, 2020

David Marshall is closing in on a move to Derby County this summer, BBC Scotland have reported on Tuesday.

The Herald reported in July that Marshall featured prominently on a Neil Lennon list of potential goalkeeping recruits this summer, with the player himself also said to be keen on the move.

Celtic would eventually pursue a move for Vasilis Barkas, who is now the starting shot-stopper at the club.

However, last season the club had three prime choices in the position with Fraser Forster, Scott Bain and Craig Gordon.

Celtic-linked David Marshall / (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

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With two of those names leaving this summer, there’s still a possibility Celtic could make a move for quality back-up to Barkas.

That man won’t be Marshall, with Philip Cocu now set to sign him up on a two-year deal pending a medical, BBC Scotland say.

The veteran goalkeeper is a former Celtic man of course, learning his trade at the club and eventually getting opportunities in the first-team.

However, the arrival of Artur Boruc ended his hopes of becoming the number one choice and he’s enjoyed a long career in England where he’s most recently played with Wigan.

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

He’s probably still a bit too good to be sitting on Celtic’s bench and with the club committing to Barkas, it makes sense he’d join elsewhere.

Derby are also an ambitious Championship side with an eye on the top end of the table, so Marshall might fancy his chances of a Premier League return.

In other news, Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic is on the verge of leaving the club.