Alex Mowatt worth a look for Celtic this summer; contract is expiring

By Sean Clifford

April 26, 2021

Celtic face the prospect of multiple senior exits after a disappointing 2020/21 campaign.

The Celts could face particular depletion in the centre-midfield department. Scott Brown will leave for Aberdeen come the summer [BBC Sport], whilst there is confusion over Ryan Christie’s contractual situation [Daily Record]. As a consequence, Celtic will need to acquire fresh blood in the forthcoming months as they look to reclaim the Scottish Premiership title.

One man who would represent an excellent acquisition for the Hoops is Barnsley midfielder Alex Mowatt. Currently enjoying a whirlwind season with Barnsley, he has been a major player, captaining the Tykes to the Sky Bet Championship play-off places [BBC].

His deal expires at the end of June, signifying the Hoops could bring him in on a free transfer [Transfermarkt]. Though underwhelming on first viewing, the Englishman is exactly the type of signing Celtic should be looking to make. Performing admirably in 2020/21, Mowatt possesses the ability to go through the gears needed to succeed at Celtic.         

   Mowatt has excelled in both attacking and defensive metrics this season for Barnsley

 A jack of all trades, Mowatt really has excelled in all facets of his game in the last year. He has registered an impressive eight goals and seven assists in 43 appearances this campaign [Transfermarkt]. Contributing effectively, he has participated in 26% of Barnsley’s goals which is mightily commendable from a midfield berth [Transfermarkt].

Continuing the attacking theme, the former Leeds man has averaged 1.5 key passes per 90 minutes [WhoScored]. His offensive influence could be harnessed at Celtic and help us unlock Scottish Premiership defences.

Mowatt always puts in an effective shift mopping up defensively. In the middle of the park, he successfully wins around 1.7 tackles every match showing his industrious nature [WhoScored]. Balanced within his play, he also thrives in the air and has won 1.6 aerial duels per 90 minutes [WhoScored].

Alex Mowatt in action for Barnsley / (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

In short, Mowatt is a very productive player who would fit seemlessly into the Celtic side.

In the absence of Brown, the Celts need someone to patrol the midfield alongside Callum McGregor. Cost applicable, versatile in his functionality and with plenty of mileage at 26-years-old, he would be a no-brainer transfer for Celtic to pursue.