Given link with Celtic ruled out

Shay Given has been told there is no point in him thinking about making a move to Celtic.

Given lost his place at Aston Villa to Brad Guzan and the former Republic of Ireland number one revealed he was keen one day to make a return to Celtic. He started his career there without getting in the team, but, as far as Villa manager Paul Lambert is concerned, he can’t understand why Given is talking about playing for Celtic.

“I think any Irish lad would love to play for Celtic because of the club it is,” Lambert said.

“But they’ve got a goalkeeper up there at the minute who I had the pleasure of working with for a year, in Fraser Forster.

“I said at the time he was going to be world-class and I still stand by that — I think he’s going to be an absolutely unbelievable goalkeeper.

“Shay being the age he is, I can see why [that story is around]. Was he not at Celtic when he was younger?

“He knows the club and the background of it and what it stands for. I don’t know, but I think if you ask most Irish lads they would want to play there. Robbie Keane’s done it, Roy Keane’s done it.

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