Maloney close to new Bhoys deal
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Scotland Under-21 international is close to penning a three-year extension to his contract.
Maloney has failed to establish himself as a regular in Martin O'Neill's side this term with Henrik Larsson, Chris Sutton and John Hartson all ahead of him in the pecking order, but he is happy to fight for his place at Parkhead.
"I'm happy to fight for a place and Celtic made me an offer that I couldn't really turn down," Maloney told the club's official website.
"The season started well for me but hasn't really picked up but the manager has shown faith in me and I hope to take my chances in the future.
"With the quality strikers we have, you can't really complain about not playing.
"But with players moving on, hopefully, I'll get to play more games."
The news will be a boost to O'Neill after losing youngster Liam Miller to Manchester United last month.