By Frank McAvennie

16th Nov, 2020 | 10:06am

Exclusive: Pundit rues Celtic missing out on 'Wonderful' Scots int'l after huge development

Frank McAvennie bemoaned Celtic missing out on Scotland number one David Marshall after his heroics against Serbia sealed their place in next summer’s European Championships.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the Parkhead legend claimed he would have signed the “wonderful” 35-year-old to fill the void left by Fraser Forster who returned to Southampton.

Marshall, who’s penalty heroics helped Scotland book a place in their first major tournament since 1998, swapped Wigan Athletic for Derby County this summer.

The former Hoops shot-stopper was linked with a return to his boyhood club but Neil Lennon instead opted to sign Greece international Vasilis Barkas in a £4.5million deal.

But Barkas has struggled since arriving to Glasgow and has recently been replaced by Scott Bain in the starting eleven.

When asked by Football Insider if he rued his former club not signing Marshall after watching his performance against Serbia, McAvennie said:

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“I would have taken the boy Marshall on a free. The fans may not have liked it because it was on a free but he is a wonderful goalkeeper.

“He has been in the Scotland fold for a long time now and he saves games. That is what great goalkeepers do.

“Forster did that against Rangers last season. He was superb because Celtic got battered by Rangers but they went up the other end of the park and scored.

“Andy Goram used to do that every season for Rangers.” 

In other Celtic news, Frank McAvennie has told Football Insider he expects his former club to sign “absolutely superb” 26-yr-old this winter.