Freddie Woodman to Celtic was never believable

By David Walton

July 31, 2019

It’s no real surprise that the Freddie Woodman speculation was quickly shot down.

The Daily Record yesterday claimed that Neil Lennon stated Celtic weren’t interested in the Newcastle goalkeeper. Even today, however, the likes of the Sun have been back out saying otherwise.

Woodman failed to make a single league appearance for the Toon last season. He did manage three FA Cup outings, but he’s consistently been featured at St James’ Park as nothing more than a back-up.

Freddie Woodman isn’t needed whatsoever at Celtic Park (Serena Taylor/Newcastle United)

At 22, Woodman has plenty of potential, but a move to Celtic was simply never believable for several reasons.

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The first one being the main one in that we simply don’t need another goalkeeper. Scott Bain has the gloves, and that doesn’t look like changing anytime soon. Behind him, of course, Craig Gordon is available as a hugely reliable deputy.

Gordon got his chance to impress against Nomme Kalju last night and took it well. He made a couple of decent stops, and proved he’s more than good enough to be Bain’s understudy.

As a third choice, Celtic have several youngsters coming through the youth ranks. Conor Hazard showed up well against Rennes almost three weeks ago in a pre-season friendly. There’s no reason as to why he can’t be our number three if worse comes to worst.

Freddie Woodman speculation was always going to be nonsense

Another reason why Woodman to Celtic is totally unlikely is down to where he would be in the pecking order.

There’s no overwhelming need to replace Scott Bain this summer (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

If we were to nab the Newcastle United man, it wouldn’t be because we guaranteed him the number three spot. You would be extremely surprised if he went from Newcastle’s number two to Celtic’s number three. His next move will surely be to a club who views him as their top man in goal.

Bain and Gordon have proven in the past that they have more in their arsenal than Woodman. He wouldn’t come in and be number one, but that’s exactly what his next move should be.

Craig Gordon remains a hugely reliable back-up figure for Celtic (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The final reason is the fact that there remains other priority targets we should be solely concentrating on. Another right-back is essential, whilst another centre-back is also of real importance before the transfer window closes.

At the moment, a goalkeeper shouldn’t even be on Celtic’s radar. Therefore, it was no surprise to see that Lenny was quick to shoot down the rumours.

It would be hugely surprising if Celtic bring in another goalkeeper this summer. We simply don’t need one as it stands.