Report: Neil Lennon doesn't want Andy Carroll at Celtic

By David Walton

August 7, 2019

Any Andy Carroll deal at Celtic has been reportedly rejected by manager Neil Lennon.

The news comes as a surprise considering there hasn’t been anything reported up in Scotland about the striker heading to Parkhead. Carroll is a free agent after leaving West Ham at the end of last season.

The one-time £35million striker (BBC) seemed to be put to Lennon in any case. But, according to the Daily Record, Lenny has rejected any notion of a deal for the England international.

Andy Carroll apparently won’t be making the move to Celtic (Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Carroll has had a series of injury concerns ever since he signed for Liverpool all the way back in 2011. His career seemed revitalised for a period at West Ham, but he left the London club with ankle knocks in particular plaguing him.

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In fairness to the former England star, he was a fine player when injuries weren’t holding him back. But last season he featured just 14 times for the Hammers and scored only one goal. His injury record isn’t what Celtic need, and it’s no surprise to see nobody has signed him up.

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There’s no denying Carroll will have a chance taken on him by someone. His record at Liverpool, Newcastle, and West Ham will ensure he has a future somewhere. But Lenny is right to avoid this one at all costs.

First of all, the Englishman wouldn’t come cheap. He was reportedly earning around £90k-per-week with his West Ham contract (Daily Mirror). Celtic couldn’t touch anywhere near that even if we did want him. Carroll would have to take a substantial pay-cut to move to Scotland.

Carroll is far too injury prone for Scottish football (Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

Meanwhile, just look at the injuries Carroll has had in the past. Would you fancy him playing in Scotland with the treatment Celtic players get off of Premiership opposition? He would be a ticking time-bomb, and an injury simply waiting to happen.

Celtic already have a target-man in Vakoun Issouf Bayo. Supporters will be keen to see what he’s all about before any other signings are brought in ahead of him.

Someone down south will likely take a chance on Carroll (Ian Kington/AFP/Getty Images)

Bringing in a half-fit and over-priced Carroll over Bayo wouldn’t make much business or football sense. There’s no real surprise to see Lennon come out and dismiss this deal.

There’s a club out there for Carroll. Whether it be another lucky crack at the Premier League or a Championship club – teams have money to burn down there. As for ourselves, we’re right to avoid any deal for Carroll like the plague.