Shaun Richard Maloney
(born 24 January 1983 in Miri
) is a 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.
Maloney's family moved to his mother's home-town of Aberdeen
when he was 5 years old.
At a young age, Maloney found a love for sport, particularly football
. 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.
After joining Celtic
as a trainee
in 1999, Maloney made his first team debut on 29 April 2001 against Rangers
at Ibrox Stadium
, in a 3-0 win for Celtic. 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. Irish Examiner, 26 February... Read More