Maloney back to help Celtic's title bid

Celtic manager Gordon Strachan has said that with the title race hotting up it was time to take the wraps of double hamstring victim Shaun Maloney. Maloney has been plagued by the problem for four months, making just one first-team appearance in that time.

He was an unused substitute in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Hearts and could be set to complete his comeback against Aberdeen at the weekend and Strachan is now ready to throw caution to the wind and unleash the midfielder on Celtic's Premier League rivals.

Strachan, whose team lead Rangers by just one point, said: "Shaun will play a part in the run-in, there's no doubt about that. Will we be careful with him? We don't have time to be careful.

Will we be careful with him? We don't have time to be careful.
Gordon Strachan on Shaun Maloney's injury problems.

"It's not a physical problem with Shaun now. It's just getting things clear in his head that he is fine now."

Maloney, who rejoined Celtic in August after an unhappy spell at Aston Villa, was flown to Germany to undergo treatment from world-renowned specialist Hans Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt. The player believes Muller-Wohlfahrt got to the root of the problem, which he traced to the 26-year-old's back.