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Report: Shaun Maloney wants to stay in England despite alleged Celtic interest

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Despite reports that Celtic manager Ronny Deila wants to bring Shaun Maloney back to the club, the playmaker wants to stay in England.

With Kris Commons' contract set to expire at the end of this season, it's no surprise to see Celtic linked with a number of new midfielders.

Everton's Francisco Junior has been on trial with the club, whilst United States international Mikkel Diskerud is also a reported target for Ronny Deila's men.

Yet with Commons reportedly attracting interest from Leicester City and Bolton Wanderers, a more forward thinking midfielder would be needed to replace him if he did leave.

It's therefore little surprise to see that ex-Celtic playmaker Shaun Maloney has been linked with a surprise third spell at Celtic Park.

Maloney, 31, started his career with the Bhoys before heading to England with Aston Villa, and then when he returned, he was snapped up by Wigan again.

Now, Wigan are prepared to let the Scottish international leave the club for around £1m, which prompted this response from Celtic manager Deila.

"I am aware of all the Scottish players. He is a good player and is one we know about. He is at Wigan at the moment but we will wait and see," said Deila.

"I have seen him many times. He is a quick, creative player and is a very good person with a great mentality. He looks like a Celtic player," the Norwegian added.

Yet just as the rumour had started to gather pace, it's been stopped dead in its tracks by the BBC, who have reported that Maloney wants to finish his career in England despite interest from Celtic as well as MLS clubs.

That may be something of a blow to Deila, whose attention will turn to making sure Commons stays at the club and save him from having to replace the prolific midfielder.

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