CELTIC manager Ronny Deila is considering bringing Shaun Maloney back to Parkhead for a third time.
The Scotland international looks set to leave Wigan having entered the last six months of his contract without signing a new deal.
Leicester are also interested in signing the 31-year-old who would cost around £1m.
Speaking from Celtic’s winter training camp in Gran Canaria, Deila told the Scottish Sun;
“I’m aware of all the Scottish players and Maloney is a good player.
“I have seen him many times. He is a quick creative player and is a very good person with a great mentality. He looks like a Celtic player.”
The Parkhead manager said he would look closer to home when adding to his squad during the January transfer window.
He said: “I’d choose to bring in Scottish and English players, especially in this window, as they need to make a difference straight away.
“British players know what the Scottish game is all about.
“If I was to bring in a Norwegian player they’d have to be very strong.
“It’s difficult to say if they are good enough, so I would be anxious about bringing one in.
“It’s something we saw with Jo Inge Berget - it is safer to bring in home players.”
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