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MARSHALL ON THE BRINK

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DAVID MARSHALL edged closer to a dramatic return to Celtic with financially-stricken Wigan collapsing into administration.

The 35-year-old Scotland international keeper is on the wanted list of Neil Lennon, a former Hoops team-mate, as he attempts to strengthen the No.1 position.

There have already been talks with ex-England netminder Joe Hart, who is a free agent after his contract expired at Burnley earlier this week, as CQN reported.

It appears the Fraser Forster will-he-or-won’t-he situation will be resolved soon as his return hangs in the balance after a day of negotiations between the 32-year-old shotstopper and his club Southampton.

However, Lennon is pushing ahead to bring in reliable campaigners with only Scott Bain on his books as a last line of defence with first-team experience.

Craig Gordon, of course, opted to join ex-club Hearts to hasten the Hoops gaffer’s search for custodians.

Marshall has one year remaining on his contract with the Championship outfit, but his future is unclear with the club’s perilous situation being made public yesterday.

Wigan are poised for showdown talks and a fire sale could take place this month with Marshall, who left Parkhead in 2007, on Lennon’s radar, according to a report in the Daily Record.

He lost his first team place at Celtic when Gordon Strachan brought in Polish personality Artur Boruc from Legia Warsaw as one of his first transfers after taking over from Martin O’Neill in 2005.

Marshall conceded five goals in the shocking 5-0 loss to Artmedia Bratislva in the Champions League qualifier in the new manager’s first competitive game and followed that up by losing four in a 4-4 draw with Motherwell at Fir Park in the opening league game of the campaign.

Strachan brought in Boruc and Marshall was loaned to Norwich City and his opportunities at his boyhood favourites were few and far between after that due to the consistency of the Polish extrovert.

The keeper became an overnight sensation at the age of 19 after his immaculate display against Barcelona in the Nou Camp to secure a 0-0 draw and help O’Neill’s side to reach the last 16 of the UEFA Cup in 2004.

Remarkably, 16 years later, he may be given the chance to resurrect his career in the east end of Glasgow.

 
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