Maloney willing to sign
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Shaun Maloney is aiming to follow up his historic double by signing a new deal at Celtic.
Shaun Maloney is aiming to follow up his historic double by signing a new contract at Celtic.
The Scotland international became the first footballer to collect both the Scottish PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year honours.
The accolades came after an impressive season in which Maloney played a key role in Celtic wresting the title from the grasp of Old Firm rivals Rangers.
Maloney also scored in the CIS Insurance Cup final victory over Dunfermline Athletic in March and is now an integral member of the Bhoys team.
His fortunes have improved markedly since Gordon Strachan replaced Martin O'Neill as manager and Maloney is now looking to commit his future to Celtic.
"If all the circumstances are right, I would love to sign," said Maloney.
"I've enjoyed it so much this year and I've got a lot of time for the fans and the management so, if everything is right, then I would love to stay."
Back in February, Maloney's agent revealed that the 23-year-old had been in talks with The Bhoys regarding an extension to his Parkhead contract until 2009.
Maloney's representative was hoping to have the new deal tied up before the cup final against Dunfermline, but an agreement could now be reached in the coming weeks.