Celtic must forget about Freddie Woodman amid reported interest

By Connor Gordon

March 26, 2019

According to the Chronicle, Celtic have been tracking Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman.

The stopper wasn’t allowed to go out on loan due to a contract struggle and has one year left on his deal.

The strength of the interest isn’t known but hopefully it isn’t strong for several reasons.

The Hoops have a potential second consecutive Scotland number one on their hands with Scott Bain.

Celtic are developing Scott Bain and don’t need Woodman

The Bhoys have two Scotland international keepers in their ranks at the moment.

Craig Gordon may be on the decline but his experience is still required to help Bain through training.

Celtic are developing Scott Bain at the moment. (photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

The 27-year-old isn’t young by any means but he is entering the stage of his career that he will be peaking.

If a 22-year-old with little experience comes in to challenging him, that won’t help the club overall.

Bain’s development shouldn’t be stinted as at the moment he is the first choice for the foreseeable.

Furthermore, Celtic have a young inspiring keeper in Conor Hazard who also must not have his development threatened.

Conor Hazard is in the Celtic ranks but is on loan at Partick Thistle. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

The Northern Irishman is close to becoming an international in his own right and can be Bain’s replacement.

Are Celtic finding the next Fraser Forster in Woodman?

Playing devil’s advocate, it may be possible that the scouting team are looking for another Fraser Forster.

If Gordon is leaving, then maybe the club want to bridge the gap between Bain and Hazard.

Woodman isn’t unfamiliar with Scottish football having been on loan at Kilmarnock and Aberdeen in the past.

Freddie Woodman on-loan at Aberdeen last year. (Photo by Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

His loan record is similar to the former Celtic keeper Forster who developed into a first class stopper.

Woodman is also an England under-21 international and has played for his nation all the way through the age groups.

If Woodman is signed, then there must be a means to develop at the club for him and they would be beating the likes of Arsenal and Everton for his signature.

If this doesn’t happen then this will be another waste of money for a transfer, but training under Stevie Woods, anything is possible.