Celtic need to be wiser than going for Andy Carroll would suggest

By David Walton

December 23, 2018

Celtic are reportedly after one-time £35million man Andy Carroll. The truth is, however, that they would be wise to avoid the move.

According to the Sunday Post, Celtic are interested in both he and Jermaine Defoe in January. This could be the perfect example of Brendan Rodgers using his contacts to finally get some proven Premier League talent in the door.

It’s the right kind of ambition from Celtic. Carroll is out-of-favour at West Ham United and needs a fresh start.

His physical qualities suggest he would be a hit here. He’s a towering front-man who has the ability to bully centre-backs and hold the ball up. Given the fact that Celtic like to play with a target-man, he fits the bill surely.

Andy Carroll has scored some stunning goals with West Ham United (Iain Kington/AFP/Getty Images)

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Only, there’s one big reason why Celtic should avoid this move at all costs – his injury problems.

If Carroll was coming up to Scotland as a fully-fit and firing target-man, then it’s definitely a move worth doing. But one quick glance at his injury history has to be enough to put Rodgers off this.

During his six-and-a-half year spell at West Ham, Carroll has picked up 12 different injuries. This has led to him missing an incredible total of around 142 games, according to respected website Transfermarkt. 

A history of nasty injuries

These knocks have included ankle surgery, torn ligaments, and heel bone and hamstring knocks, as well as a fractured foot. That’s only a few of the different injuries Carroll has suffered during his time in East London.

In terms of his goal-record, his injury set-backs have had a huge effect on that. He’s featured just four times this season and has yet to score once. Over the course of his West Ham career, however, he has just 33 goals. It’s not a return that Celtic should be looking at and rubbing their hands at the prospect of.

Carroll unfortunately has a history of injury set-backs (Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

In the past when the Hoops have signed injury-prone stars, it’s barely if ever worked out. The likes of Derk Boerrigter and Marvin Compper spring to mind.

Given the special treatment Celtic forwards get from certain centre-backs in Scotland, Carroll is highly likely to suffer another serious knock.

It would be a huge surprise if he was also keen to take a big drop in wages. If Celtic signed him, he would be right up there with the highest earners. One bad injury, however, and Celtic would be spending big on nothing.

It’s a deal that carries far too much risk with little chance of a reward. The striker search needs to continue, as it simply can’t end on Carroll.