Reported Celtic target Christian Atsu given fourth consecutive run-out for Newcastle United

By David Walton

September 6, 2020

Celtic-linked winger Christian Atsu yesterday made his fourth consecutive outing for Newcastle United in a pre-season friendly against Stoke.

Atsu came on for the final 20 minutes against the Championship side, after starting two of Newcastle’s previous three pre-season games. He also came on as a substitute against Barnsley in the Toon’s other friendly.

Sports World Ghana reported last week that the Hoops had contacted the Premier League side about Atsu’s availability. The outlet believes that a move is “very possible”.

Reported Celtic target Christian Atsu
/ (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

And it looks as though the Hoops are getting a boost if they do sign him as Atsu remains very much involved in Newcastle’s pre-season plans.

With just under 250 minutes to his name in friendly matches so far, the winger looks to be in good shape ahead of any potential switch to Parkhead.

Should Celtic strike a deal, Atsu should be ready to go instantly

Newcastle’s prep work over the last few weeks has been building up to next weekend’s Premier League opener against West Ham United.

What that means, in theory, is that Atsu should now be ready for competitive football given the role he’s been given in the North East. A constant in their match-day squads, the player will be in contention for next weekend’s clash with the Hammers.

Should Celtic strike a deal then, surely we won’t be hearing that the player needs time to get up to speed, or that he’s struggling for fitness despite having a full pre-season to his name.

Reported Celtic target Christian Atsu / (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

Recent signing Albian Ajeti has had a slow integration to life at Parkhead after signing from West Ham. This was due to the fact he never managed to have a pre-season and had only just come back from a holiday to Switzerland.

Atsu’s involvement with Newcastle, then, comes as a boost to Celtic if we want to get a deal over the line. Granted, competitive matches are different to friendly games, with a higher tempo and greater sharpness required from the players.

But the fact is he’s fit. If Celtic are needing a new right-winger, then a Premier League one on the last year of his contract and with a pre-season to his name should fit the bill.

In other news, further positive discussions have taken place between a Premiership chairman and the SPFL, as the bid to get fans back intensifies.