Celtic striker Shaun Maloney signs for Wigan

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Wigan have completed the signing of Scotland forward Shaun Maloney from Celtic on an initial two-year deal.

The 28-year-old travelled to Lancashire earlier in the day after the two clubs agreed a fee, believed to be about £1million.

Maloney's deal includes the option for an additional third year.

"We're delighted to welcome Shaun, who has great experience and is at the perfect age to come and bring something different to our squad," said manager Roberto Martinez.

Martinez said Maloney's season-long spell at Aston Villa in 2007/08 before returning to Celtic for a second time would help him settle in quickly.

"His previous experience in the Premier League will be a great platform to start his Wigan Athletic career," he added.

"Now we want to make sure he enjoys that homely feeling at our football club to be able to bring his magic to our strong group of players."

Maloney will link up with former Celtic team-mate Gary Caldwell at the DW Stadium and is relishing the prospect.

"As soon as I found out about the move I got excited," he said.

"The gaffer likes to play the right way and there's a tremendous squad here full of great potential.

"I need to focus on winning a place in the team and doing the best I can for the team.

"I want to thank everyone at Celtic which has been my life for so long now, and especially all the fans.

"But I've got an exciting challenge now and I can't wait to get st

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