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Celtic to Sign Manchester City Keeper Shay Given In January?

Parkhead move on the cards for Eastlands’ reluctant bench warmer.

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Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given is ready to head for the exit at Eastlands to join his boyhood heroes Celtic on loan.

The Irish shot-stopper was prevented from joining the Glasgow giants during the last transfer window, but the Republic of Ireland No.1 has now been told he can leave, claims The People.

Celtic desperately need a new goalkeeper in January, with Newcastle loanee Fraser Forster due back on Tyneside in the New Year after Steve Harper picked up a serious injury.

Given could be on his way to Parkhead if the Hoops are willing to pay a chunk of his £90,000-a-week wages.

Hoops boss Neil Lennon wanted to take the 34-year-old at the start of the season, but Roberto Mancini blocked the move because City could not find a suitable replacement.

But that situation has now changed and Given, who lost his place in the Manchester City side to Joe Hart, would fulfil a lifetime dream by joining Celtic on loan, ahead of a reunion with ex-City boss Mark Hughes at Fulham. (Goal.com)

This seems like a good move all round. Celtic have started the season with a bang but could well use the services of world class keeper Shay Given who it seems will not be allowed to join any Premier League rival so the choices seem to be either the Irishman joins a ‘lesser’ English top tier team or he moves to Scotland where he can fight for an SPL title, which seems to be an easy decision to make.

Neil Lennon’s side have started the season with a bang, eight wins from eight, and have conceded just four goals in the process with on loan keeper Fraser Forster doing a great job between the sticks. Back up Lukasz Zaluska has been less impressive having conceded eight in six this season in all competitions.

Given is a top notch keeper who would walk into most top sides so he could well help the Bhoys edge Rangers in a title fight and perhaps a permanent move could follow on from a successful loan spell?

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