Report: Wigan willing to accept cut-price fee for David Marshall; he's keen on move

By John McGinley

July 2, 2020

Wigan Athletic are prepared to accept a cut-price offer for Celtic goalkeeping target David Marshall, The Herald reports.

The English Championship side have entered administration meaning they are in no position to negotiate on reasonable offers for their first-team talents.

Marshall still has a year left on his deal at the club but The Herald reckons a budget move could be in the works, with Marshall himself keen on a return to the club he started his career at.

It’s said that the Scotland international features prominently on a Neil Lennon list of alternatives to Fraser Forster.

A move for the Englishman has stalled in recent days and Celtic are on the hunt for alternative options should attempts to sign him permanently fall completely flat.

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Marshall made 28 appearances for the Hoops as a young goalkeeper between 2004 and 2007, never really cementing himself as a number one pick.

Celtic fans will likely most remember his incredible performance against Barcelona at the Nou Camp in the 2003/04 UEFA Cup, making his first-ever start for the club.

His display that night helped Celtic through to the quarter-finals of the competition.

David Marshall in action for Celtic / (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

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

In the process, he’s impressed enough to win himself 33 Scotland caps.

Now 35, he is in the twilight of his career but could still have enough about him to compete at Scottish Premiership level and vie for the number one spot at the club alongside Scott Bain.

However, is he good enough to replace the presence of Fraser Forster? I reckon not.

Hopefully the embers of that deal can still find a way to full-fledged fire.