Shay Given will reportedly be offered the chance to end his Manchester City nightmare, with a move back to Celtic, 17 years after being deemed surplus to requirements by the Parkhead club.
Given moved to Man City in February 2009 from Newcastle where he made a name for himself, but after losing his place to England keeper Joe Hart the Irishman now wants a move away, as he searches for regular first team football. With a long list of clubs interested in signing the keeper this summer, City have have made it clear that they will not be interested in selling the keeper to any of their Premier League rivals, opening the door for Celtic.
Celtic were interested in bringing Given on loan at the start of the season, however at the time City did not wish him to go out on loan and he stayed at Eastlands. With Fraser Forster returning to Newcastle in the summer, they will be on the hunt for a new keeper, and with Given’s ties with the club both as a former youth player and as a fan, it gives Celtic a strong chance of securing his signature.
A stumbling block would be his wages which are reportedly around £90,000 a week, an amount that Celtic will definitely not be able to afford. However Given would ultimately have to take a drastic cut in his wages to play at Parkhead, but he will be guaranteed first team football and a chance to play in Europe.