Official: Scottish playmaker Shaun Maloney signs for Chicago Fire

Wigan playmaker Shaun Maloney has completed his move to MLS side Chicago Fire.

In a surprise move, Scottish playmaker Shaun Maloney has completed his transfer from Wigan Athletic to MLS side Chicago Fire.

Maloney, 32, has recently been linked with moves to Leicester City and Queens Park Rangers, with his contract at Wigan set to expire this summer.

Another club interested in signing Maloney was his former side Celtic, with manager Ronny Deila admitting that he wanted to bring the attacking midfielder back to Glasgow for a third spell with the club.

However, Maloney has chosen a move to America, with Chicago Fire snapping him up on Sunday night, announcing the deal on their official website.

"Shaun is a very experienced player, having played in both the English and Scottish Premier Leagues, and we’re very happy to have signed someone of his caliber," said Chicago Fire head coach Frank Yallop.

"His style of play fits in exactly with what we’re trying to do at the Fire. He’s a hard-working, attack-minded player who is really going to help this team and we’re excited to have signed him," he added.

Maloney's career in Britain is over for now, and may even be over for good given his age, with few teams likely to be interested in signing him from the MLS in the coming years as he approaches his mid-30's.

A third stint with Celtic is now off the table, which is something of a disappointment not only for Bhoys fans but also for manager Deila, who may need a new playmaker in the coming months, with question marks over the future of Kris Commons.

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