Report: Celtic target Freddie Woodman wants guaranteed first-team football this season

By David Walton

June 27, 2021

Celtic target Freddie Woodman wants assurances that he’ll be the number one wherever he goes next season, Chronicle Live reports.

The Hoops were initially linked with the former Swansea City stopped at the end of May. Southampton were also said to be keen [The Chronicle]. In more recent times, Arsenal have been linked [].

Woodman has already stated in the past that he wants to return to Swansea [BBC]. However, there have been no reports of an offer having been put in by the English Championship club.

And now the Chronicle is reporting that the talented shot-stopper wants assurances over first-team football wherever he goes. Woodman has played 95 times for Swansea over the last two years [Transfermarkt]. It’s been reported that he doesn’t want to halt his own momentum.

Celtic are reportedly assessing their goalkeeping options. Sky Sports believes that new manager Ange Postecoglou is eyeing up a reunion with Australian international Mat Ryan from Brighton.

Celtic and Freddie Woodman looking like a no-go

Celtic simply can’t guarantee anyone constant first-team football next season, it’s as simple as that. You have to prove yourself and show that you’re the best in your position in order to achieve that goal.

If Celtic sign Woodman, it’s a sign of their belief in him. It’s not a guaranteed ticket to constant first-team football. That’s something he would have to show Postecoglou that he was capable of in training.

However, this demand could also ensure that one of Celtic’s biggest rivals for his signature drops out – Arsenal. Bernd Leno isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. If the Gunners were to sign him, it would likely be as back-up. Something Woodman clearly isn’t after.

Celtic-linked Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

But Celtic also have to keep an eye on how last season’s signing, Vasilis Barkas, returns to action. If he can show the kind of form that won him his move from AEK Athens to Celtic, we’ll be onto something. It could easily halt any search for a first-choice goalkeeper too.

Woodman is said to cost £10m for any interested parties this summer [The Chronicle]. That alone feels like any move would be a no-go for now.

Celtic can’t be in the business of guaranteeing signings constant minutes. It’s important to remember that continued selection only comes from the player’s performance levels. Nothing more.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou gave a superb and passionate response when quizzed by the media on wantaway players.