The former Celtic youth player suffered from injury during his second spell at Parkhead and was given the chance for a fresh start when his move to Lancashire was confirmed yesterday. Maloney’s exit came before Celtic signed Morocco left-back Badr El Kaddouri and loaned Jos Hooiveld to Southampton.
Stokes has no doubts that the former Aston Villa player can be a success in England if he stays fit. “Shaun is a top player, a top professional, and a good lad to have around the place,” said the Irishman. “But if he is moving on then all the best to him. He has struggled a bit with injuries since I’ve been here but if he can keep himself fit then he is a great player and I’m sure he can cut it at the very highest level.”
Gary Hooper and Georgios Samaras remained at Celtic despite reported interest.