Reporter claims that Celtic staff were split over signing David Marshall

By John Reid

November 17, 2020

Celtic’s staff were split over signing goalkeeper David Marshall in the most recent transfer window, the Daily Record reports.

The 35-year-old former Hoops goalkeeper became a Scottish national hero for his penalty save against Serbia in the Euro 2020 play-offs, and Daily Record journalist Scott Burns claimed that some members of the Hoops staff were in favour of signing Marshall, but the move was blocked by other members of the staff.

“Wanted by some”

“David Marshall was wanted by some of the Celtic staff but it was blocked by others. He would be a better option than Vasilis Barkas, on current form” Burns said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

That is certainly an interesting comment made by Burns. It will be interesting to find out which members of staff were for signing Marshall, and who was so firmly against the move. So much so that they blocked the player’s potential return to the club.

Would Neil Lennon have been one of those not in favour of Marshall’s return? Perhaps, and maybe that is why 13 years after leaving Celtic Marshall didn’t make a return to the club.

Marshall ended up signing for Derby County instead, who are currently at the foot of the Championship table. Would Marshall have been a better option than Vasilis Barkas, as Burns contends? Maybe so.

Too early to tell if Hoops made a mistake

However, it is still early days for Barkas in his Celtic career. It is really too soon to say if his Celtic career will be a success.

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

Also, there is no guarantee that Marshall would have been a suitable replacement for Fraser Forster as the Hoops’ number one goalkeeper this season.

Still, it is interesting to find out that Marshall was reportedly a target for Celtic in the most recent transfer window. Only time will tell if the Hoops made a mistake in not bringing him back to the club.

In other news, Vakoun Bayo is back training with Toulouse after a recent injury.