David Marshall


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1985 (33 years old)

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David James Marshall (born 5 March 1985) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Championship club Hull City and the Scotland national team.

He started his career at Celtic, coming through the youth system and followed on to Norwich City (initially on loan) before his move to Cardiff City.

Marshall was born in Glasgow and raised in Riddrie in the east end of the city. A product of Celtic's youth academy, he made his first team debut for the club as a substitute against St Johnstone at Celtic Park. Although first team opportunities were limited, he excelled in Celtic's reserve team under the management of then coach, Kenny McDowall.

Marshall was thrust into the limelight soon after these impressive displays for Celtic reserves on 25 March 2004 in a fourth round, second leg UEFA Cup tie against Spanish giants FC Barcelona at Camp Nou. The 19-year-old, deputising for a suspended Rab Douglas, put in an excellent performance to keep a clean sheet to help Celtic into the next round (1–0 on aggregate) after a home win and he then went on to save a penalty from Barcelona's Ronaldinho the following season.

However his Celtic career took a downward turn under Gordon Strachan's management. In the first two games under Strachan he conceded 9 goals, 5 to Artmedia Petržalka and 4 to Motherwell. With the signing of Artur Boruc, Marshall was consigned to the bench and remained there for the following 18 months before being sent on loan to Norwich City.

After his standout performance for Celtic against FC Barcelona in the 2003–04 UEFA Cup, Marshall was selected by Scotland national football team, making his debut on 18 August 2004 in a friendly against Hungary. Some observers expected Marshall to establish himself as the first choice goalkeeper for Scotland, but Craig Gordon and then Allan McGregor were picked more regularly instead.

He was capped four times by the under-21 team from 2005 to 2006, having previously played at youth international level. He was selected for the Scotland B side in a friendly played at the end of the 2008–09 season.

Marshall stated in May 2009 that he aimed to reignite his career for the national team. With first choice keeper Craig Gordon injured, he went on to play in two of Scotland's following three matches, a 4–0 defeat to Norway and a 1–0 defeat to Netherlands. Marshall performed creditably against the Dutch, but Scotland had lost in all of his five appearances to date, conceding 15 goals in total.

An injury to McGregor and Gordon being without a club early in the 2012–13 season appeared to have offered an opportunity for Marshall, but Matt Gilks made his debut instead. Marshall was part of a winning Scottish side on his eighth cap against Macedonia with Scotland winning 2-1, However, he was injured during the game and replaced by Matt Gilks at half time. Marshall won his tenth cap on 19 November 2013 in a friendly away against Norway, keeping a clean sheet and producing several good saves in a 1-0 win for Scotland.

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