Celtic are reportedly interested in a swoop for Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, according to the Chronicle.
After spending the season on loan at Swansea City [Wales Online], Woodman has fallen behind in the Newcastle United pecking order. Facing stiff competition Martin Dubravka, Karl Darlow and Mark Gillespie, he may now look to cement a future as a first-choice goalkeeper elsewhere.
Given his 20 clean sheets in 45 Sky Bet Championship appearances this campaign [Transfermarkt], there is no surprise at that teams are looking to tempt the 24-year-old to Glasgow.
Celtic are no strangers to struggles within the goalkeeping department. Vasilis Barkas, Conor Hazard and Scott Bain could not nail down the number one berth between the sticks in 2020/21.
In need of fresh ideas if they are to reclaim the Scottish Premiership title from Rangers at the first attempt, Woodman would provide a reliable last line of defence at Celtic Park based on his form at Swansea.
The report claims another loan exit could be on the cards for the Magpies ace, and also references interest from the Hoops back in 2018 when Brendan Rodgers was in charge.
Southampton have also been credited with an interest in the London-born stopper [Scottish Sun].
Moving to secure the talented goalkeeper would be a shrewd move in a summer of major reconstruction at Celtic Park. Taking his age into account, he could be a long-term solution to a problem position that has plagued the Celts in recent months.
Described as ‘excellent’ by his former goalkeeping coach Billy Thomson, there are certainly merits to his potential acquisition. Ironically, he could finally provide Celtic with a replacement for former fan favourite Fraser Forster who was originally signed from Newcastle United on loan in 2010 [Guardian].
In other news, Celtic’s pursuit of a striker is being stalled due to recent developments.
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