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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 April 2006, 19:23 GMT 20:23 UK
Marshall ready to fight for place
Celtic goalkeeper David Marshall
David Marshall was back in the side at the weekend
Celtic goalkeeper David Marshall has attempted to downplay reports that he is set to quit the Scottish champions.

The 22-year-old lost his place to Artur Boruc at the start of the season but has dismissed reports quoting him as being unhappy with life at the club.

"I never said at any point that I wanted to leave Celtic or that I was 'too good to be on the bench'," Marshall told Celtic's website.

"I was angry and disappointed to read the comments and headlines."

It had been the second time in three months that Marshall has been quoted as saying that he would consider leaving if it looked like he would spend another season on the bench.

The latest came after Tuesday's 3-1 defeat in a testimonial away to Coventry City, when he looked to be at fault for two of the goals.
This title win means the world to me
David Marshall

"I would never say those things because I know exactly how hard it is to earn your place on the bench at this club, let alone get a game in the first team," said the Scotland international.

"Nor have I ever gone to the manager and demanded a place in the team.

"There's been no bother with the manager. He knows my feelings and it's not a problem.

"I played at the weekend against Kilmarnock and that was great for me and hopefully I will get another few games before the end of the season.

"Then, next season, we'll see what happens.

"I want to stay at Celtic Football Club and work as hard as I possibly can to try to get back into the team."

Marshall fell out of favour following a 5-0 defeat by Artmedia Bratislava and a 4-4 draw with Motherwell at the start of the season.

He was quoted as saying that, because of his lack of appearances since then, winning the Scottish title meant nothing to him.

But he added: "Obviously winning the league means everything to every Celtic supporter and as a supporter and a player, this title win means the world to me."


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