DAVID MARSHALL was one of the names linked with the Celtic Park goalkeeping vacancy over the summer. However, the Derby County and Scotland No.1 has admitted that a move to his boyhood club ‘wasn’t close’. Marshall was a free agent after Wigan Athletic were relegated and a link to his first club, Celtic, appeared to be written in the stars.
However, Marshall has said to the Scottish Sun that a deal to bring him back to Paradise never came into fruition allowing him to sign for The Rams. Celtic opted to sign Vasilis Barkas after Fraser Forster decided against returning last summer and despite Marshall saying he would love to return to Celtic.
“I spoke to Terry Gennoe not that long ago, he only stays about an hour from me in Derby. I think it was Terry who brought Woodsy [Stevie Woods] into Celtic and I have always got on great with him.
“A return to Celtic was never close. I joined Derby, signed for a couple of years and I am really delighted with that.”
With all of Celtic’s issues between the sticks, the club could have done a lot worse than the experienced option of David Marshall. However, the 35-year-old got a two year deal out of the Championship side and will be delighted at the opportunity to play first team football. Marshall will be hoping to end Scotland’s 22-year-wait for an appearance at a major final when Scotland face Serbia in the play-off tomorrow.