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Celtic are weighing up a move for goalkeeper David Marshall as a possible option as they search for a new shot-stopper, according to a report from The Mail.
The experienced 35-year-old is no stranger to Celtic Park having started his career at the Scottish side, before making 35 appearances in a Hoops shirt for the first-team.
Marshall currently plies his trade at Championship side Wigan Athletic, and has produced a number of solid displays for Paul Cook’s side as they battle to avoid the drop.
So, would Marshall be a useful addition for Celtic?
The team here at Football League World discuss…
He’s a decent ‘keeper but I think Hoops fans would be a bit underwhelmed.
They did brilliantly to get him in in the first place and he showed his PL class up in Scotland so they need to try and get someone in of that ilk if he does leave.
That’s obviously easier said than done but Bhoys fans want to see ambition more than anything else.
Personally, I think Scott Bain is a better option than Marshall and with Craig Gordon leaving I could only see him as a number 2 behind Bain if he joined.
In an ideal world, though, they have Forster and Bain next season.
I think you have to say that he’s good enough for Celtic at this point in his career.
He’s 35 now and has had a decent enough career in the Championship and lower Premier League, which is a similar level to where Celtic area, if we are honest.
When you consider the pool of goalkeepers Celtic are linked with, they clearly want someone with experience, which is another box that Marshall ticks.
Of course, there are better options out there, but Celtic appear to have a type in mind and Marshall looks a good fit for what the Scottish Champions want.
It’s not inspiring, but it’s a decent enough deal.
Marshall is obviously a really experienced goalkeeper who has established himself as a solid player at Championship level in recent seasons, and I think he’d be more than capable of moving to a club like Celtic and doing really well over in Glasgow.
He’s 35 years of age so he brings a wealth of experience to the side, and he has also played plenty of games in the Championship this season which shows that he still has plenty to offer, and he would be a shrewd replacement for Fraser Forster should he depart Celtic Park this summer.
Marshall obviously knows the club really well having played for them in the past, and to finish his career back with his boyhood club is bound to be a really exciting move for him on a personal level, and he will be determined to lift more trophies with the Bhoys if he does move back to Glasgow.
It would be a big blow for Paul Cook to lose his trusted number one this summer if he is to leave, but with one year left on his contract at the DW Stadium, you would still back the Latics to receive a decent fee for his services should he leave this summer.