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Saturday 21 October 2017

Given keeps Celtic in mind

Shay Given. Photo: Getty Images
Shay Given. Photo: Getty Images

Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given has refused to rule out a move to Celtic after insisting a switch to the SPL would not be a step down for him, writes Lisa Gray.

The 35-year-old has spent most of the season warming the bench as second choice behind Joe Hart at Eastlands. He is desperate to be playing regular first-team football again and has long been linked with a return to Parkhead, where he spent three years in the youth team in the early 1990s.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon recently hailed Given as "a top, top goalkeeper," but acknowledged he would cost a lot of money to recruit. But a goalkeeper will be high on Lennon's agenda this summer, with Fraser Forster having returned to Newcastle following the end of his loan spell, which is unlikely to be repeated at the Glasgow giants.

The Donegal man said: "It's no secret I'm a big Celtic supporter and have been all my life. I don't know what their goalkeeping situation is.

"Fraser Forster had a very good season up there and there has been talk of him moving on a permanent basis so we would have to wait and see. But it is a fantastic club with fantastic supporters.

"Ideally, I would like to be playing, but it's out of my hands. If Manchester City want me, I've got another two years left on my contract. I don't really know what's going to happen.

"At the moment, I'm focused on the Scotland game on Sunday and then the game against Macedonia (Euro 2012 qualifier on June 4).

Asked if a switch to the SPL would be a step down, he said: "Not if you're playing with Celtic, it's not. It's a great club, with an unbelievable history, so I wouldn't look at it as a step down. It's a fantastic club, but it's too soon to say what's going to happen or if that's going to happen."

Irish Independent

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