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Shaun Maloney
Shaun Maloney
Personal information
Full name Shaun Richard Maloney
Date of birth 24 January 1983 (1983-01-24) (age 26)
Place of birth    Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Left winger / Striker
Club information
Current club Celtic
Number 13
Youth career
1999–2000 Celtic
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Aston Villa
104 (26)
030 0(5)
021 0(7)   
National team2
Scotland U21
020 0(6)
017 0(1)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 01:08, 2 April 2009 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 11:24, 10 September 2009 (UTC).
* Appearances (Goals)

Shaun Richard Maloney (born 24 January 1983 in Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia) is a Malaysian-born Scottish footballer who plays for Celtic in the Scottish Premier League and also for the Scottish national team. He plays on either wing or up front and occasionally as an attacking midfielder. Maloney is known for his set-piece accuracy and confidence when shooting and also for being the first player to claim both the SPFA Players' Player of the Year Award and the Young Player of the Year during his first spell with Celtic.



His family moved to his mother's home-town of Aberdeen, Scotland when Maloney was 5 years old.

At a young age, Maloney found a love for sport, particularly football and tennis. By the age of 10, he had joined his first football club, Kincorth Boys' Club. He played regularly for his Primary School Team, St Joseph's. At 12, he moved to Culter Boys' Club then at 14, to Albion Boys' Club. He played a number of games for Cults Academy, where he was a student

Club career



After joining Celtic as a trainee in 1999, he made his first team debut on 29 April 2001 against Rangers at Ibrox Stadium. Celtic went on to win the game 3-0. He spent the next few years trying to break into the first team, spending most of his time as a substitute.

In February 2004, Maloney picked up a cruciate ligament injury while playing for the Scotland U21 team. He returned from the injury late on in season 2004-05, starting only one game in that season.

Maloney was in lethal form for Celtic in the 2005-06 season after being moved from a striking position to the left of midfield by manager Gordon Strachan. His displays received praise from players, fans and the media throughout the year, and in recognition of his excellent season he was awarded both the SPFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards, the first time a player has won both plaudits. He also won Celtic Fans' Player of the Year, and Players Player of the Year in a season which saw him score 16 goals and contribute 28 assists from midfield.

With his contract expiring at the end of the 2006-07 season, Celtic moved to offer Maloney a new deal. However, contract negotiations continued for months, constantly breaking down due to differences between the two parties. Chief Executive Peter Lawwell asserted that Celtic "cannot keep players at any cost" [1] while Maloney warned that "In situations like this one, both parties have to be completely happy with the outcome." He also promised that the prolonged contract talks wouldn't affect his football and that he hoped he wouldn't have to consider leaving the club in the future.[2] With the realization that Maloney would be able to leave for free by signing a pre-contract with another club in January 2007, the Celtic support feared the worst, recalling Jackie McNamara's departure.

No new contract was agreed with Celtic and eventually a £1 million transfer to Aston Villa was agreed, where Maloney would play under his old boss Martin O'Neill.

In his first tenure, Maloney made a total of 139 appearances for the Hoops in all competitions, scoring 37 times.[3]

Aston Villa

Just before the transfer window closed on 31 January 2007, Maloney signed a pre-contract agreement with Aston Villa. Villa manager Martin O'Neill was keen to bring Maloney to Villa for the second half of the season however and moments before the deadline he signed for the Midlands club for a reported fee of £1m.[4] He made his debut in the 2-0 defeat at Reading on 10 February 2007 [5] On 28 April 2007, Maloney scored his first Villa goal in a victory against Man City at the City of Manchester Stadium from a free kick which was curled around the wall into the bottom right of the goal.[6]

Maloney had trouble settling into the club but after a somewhat lacklustre start to his Villa career, he began to show his best form. Maloney has acknowledged that his football had been suffering but remained optimistic about his future at the club: "Homesickness has affected my form. I haven't played well enough to play in the team and I think that has shown, so hopefully now things can change." [7] Both O'Neill and teammate Stiliyan Petrov, who were both at Celtic during Maloney's time there, had expressed their desire for Maloney to stay at the club despite reports linking him with a move back to Scotland.[8][9]

Maloney scored a brace for Aston Villa in a 4-4 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day of 2007. However since then Maloney did not play a lot of games as half of his last season appearances were substitutions, he has also said that he would like to one day come back and play in Scotland.[10]

Return to Celtic

On 22 August 2008, Celtic announced the signing of Maloney on a four year deal [11] for a fee of £3 million.[12] Maloney marked his return with a Man of the Match performance and two assists in his first match, after coming off the bench for Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink in a 3-0 victory over Falkirk at Celtic Park. Maloney scored his first goal after his return to Celtic in a 4-2 away win over Motherwell and managed his second the following week in a 3-1 away win at Kilmarnock. He finished the season with five goals, taking his total Celtic goals tally to 42.

International career

Maloney made 20 appearances and netted 6 times for Scotland Under 21's.

Maloney made his full international debut as a half-time substitute in Scotland's 1-0 defeat to Belarus at Hampden Park on 8 October 2005. He has so far gained 15 caps for Scotland and scored his first goal for Scotland, a free-kick in the Svangaskard Stadium in a 2-0 victory over the Faroe Islands[13]. Maloney was also eligible to play for the Republic of Ireland.

International goals

Scores and results list Scotland's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 6 June 2007 Svangaskard, Toftir  Faroe Islands 1-0 2-0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying


Last updated 14 October 2009

Season Club Nat Apps Goals Assists
2000/01 Celtic Scotland 4 0 3
2001/02 Celtic Scotland 20 10 9
2002/03 Celtic Scotland 30 5 12
2003/04 Celtic Scotland 23 6 7
2004/05 Celtic Scotland 3 0 2
2005/06 Celtic Scotland 43 16 24
2006/07 Celtic Scotland 15 0 6
2006/07 Aston Villa England 8 1 3
2007/08 Aston Villa England 25 6 5
2008/09 Celtic Scotland 24 5 6
2009/10 Celtic Scotland 13 3 2
Total 196 51 78

Major honours

Scotland Celtic



  1. ^ "Celtic Warning Over Maloney Deal". BBC Sport Website. 26 October 2006. Retrieved 4 January 2010.  
  2. ^ "Maloney Contract Talks In Limbo". BBC Sport Website. 15 October 2006. Retrieved 4 January 2010.  
  3. ^ "Shaun Maloney profile at official Aston Villa site".,,10265~19708,00.html.  
  4. ^ "Villa beat clock to sign Maloney". BBC Sport Website. 31 January 2006. Retrieved 4 January 2010.  
  5. ^ "Tactical Formation". Retrieved 28 February 2007.  
  6. ^ "Man City 0-2 Aston Villa". BBC Sport Website. 28 April 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2010.  
  7. ^ Sky Sports | Football | Premier League | Aston Villa | Maloney wants future sorted
  8. ^ "O'Neill cools Maloney Celtic Link=27 August 2007". BBC Sport Website. 27 August 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2010.  
  9. ^ "Maloney Gets Petrov Backing".,19528,11677_2642876,00.html.  
  10. ^ BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Aston Villa | Maloney admits Villa frustration
  11. ^ Shaun Maloney makes Celtic return The Guardian, 21 August 2008
  12. ^ Aston Villa FC | Maloney Completes Return
  13. ^ "Maloney sets Scotland Euro target". BBC. 7 June 2007. Retrieved 4 January 2010.  

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Simple English

Shaun Maloney
Personal information
Full name Shaun Richard Maloney
Date of birth 24 January 1983 (1983-01-24) (age 28)
Place of birth    Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Celtic
Number 13
Senior clubs
Years Club
Aston Villa
National team
2005-2009 Scotland

Shaun Maloney (born 24 January 1983) is a Scottish football player. He plays for Celtic and Scotland national team.

Club career statistics


Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
2000/01CelticPremier League40
2006/07Aston VillaPremier League81
2008/09CelticPremier League214
CountryScotland 12530
England 305
Total 15535

International career statistics

Scotland national team



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