Celtic wanted Premier League attacker

By Euan Davidson

January 7, 2021

A West Ham insider has claimed that Celtic and Rangers were after 33-year-old Robert Snodgrass.

The ex-Livingston player has had a nomadic career, which has seen him turn out for Leeds, Norwich, Hull, Aston Villa and West Ham. The Scotland winger is in advanced talks with West Bromwich Albion, according to Sky Sports.

Fan site Hammers News have reported claims made by shadowy figure ExWHUemployee (Twitter) on The West Ham Way, a popular West Ham podcast.

According to the source:

“Robert Snodgrass is looking likely to leave. He had interest from Rangers and Celtic, but I believe that West Brom are now looking to sign him.”

A boyhood Celtic fan, it seems incredibly unlikely that Snodgrass would’ve signed with the Gers if the opportunity arose. Now all but guaranteed further Premier League football, the decision is out of the hands of Celtic or Rangers.

At 33, Snodgrass’ playing time has been limited so far this season. He’s only made 3 Premier League appearances in 20-21, with minimal minutes (Transfermarkt).


Celtic supporter Robert Snodgrass / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Snodgrass probably wanted Celtic move, if it was a genuine option

Robert Snodgrass grew up in the East End of Glasgow, and has spoken extensively about his love for Celtic.

Back in 2015, he told the Daily Record:

“When I started going to see Celtic, it was just before Henrik Larsson signed. We used to try to skip into the games. You would stand outside, waiting for someone who had a spare ticket and then give him the wee puppy eyes in the hope he’d give it to you! We didn’t have the money to get in otherwise.

“I trained at Celtic when I was a kid. I used to train at Rangers as well. I wore my Celtic shorts underneath my Rangers shorts when I trained there!”

During an impressive career, Snodgrass has been a fan favourite wherever he’s gone. His work rate has never been in question, and he’s scored goals everywhere he’s played.

Snodgrass also holds 28 caps for Scotland, having made his debut in 2011, scoring against Denmark (BBC).

While the sentimental aspect is clearly there, a move for Snodgrass at this point in his career seems unlikely. In footballing terms, it’s not the best decision Celtic could make.

There’s every chance he’ll explode into incredible form at West Brom, but in the autumn of his career, he would command high wages by Celtic standards, for limited productivity.