Continued Celtic interest in Freddie Woodman remains intriguing

By David Walton

March 26, 2019

Celtic’s continues interest in Newcastle United’s Freddie Woodman is an intriguing story.

Not down to the player himself, but more down to the goalkeeping situation currently at the club.

According to the Chronicle, Celtic are one of several clubs to have sent scouts down to watch him. Woodman is under contract until the end of the 2019/2020 season.

Celtic, however, already have two reliable goalkeepers. Scott Bain has been in fine form as the new Hoops number one. He’s conceded just two goals in 13 domestic matches since the winter break.

Scott Bain is the new Celtic number one (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s perhaps debatable that Bain hasn’t had an awful lot to do. The defence has been in terrific form since winter also, and that has played a big part in Bain looking so comfortable.

But there’s no denying he’s been doing extremely well. He’s had to make a bunch of decent stops since taking Craig Gordon’s place. Against Valencia at the Mestalla, Bain was in inspired form too. He’s also recently became the new Scotland number one. Then again, we’ll see how the 3-0 mauling in Kazakhstan seems to affect that.

An able deputy in Craig Gordon

As back-up, Celtic have the experienced Gordon. He’s been at the club for four years now, and has been a fine free signing. He has European experience at both Champions League and Europa league level. He’s also played for Scotland on 54 occasions, coming up against Europe’s best in that period.

As it stands, both men are contracted to Parkhead for the foreseeable future. Given the quality that both possess, surely there isn’t much of a need to strengthen in that area in the summer.

And who is Woodman going to potentially be replacing? Gordon will fancy regaining his number one spot at Celtic back in the future. Bain, meanwhile, doesn’t deserve to be dropped for a new summer signing.

Craig Gordon and Scott Bain both have better pedigree than Woodman (Callum Landells/Getty Images)

We’ve yet to even appoint a new manager yet, so is this one of Neil Lennon’s targets? It’s an intriguing situation we have on our hands here.

Question marks over a goalkeeper such as Woodman’s position in the squad would have to be raised. Is he truly an improvement on Bain or Gordon? Featuring for the likes of Crawley Town, Kilmarnock, and Aberdeen suggests not.

And you have to wonder how both Bain and Gordon would react if Celtic look to strengthen in their position.