Stokes backs Maloney to boost Wigan

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Anthony STOKES has tipped Shaun Maloney to revive his career at Wigan.

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.