Andros Townsend "open" to approach from Celtic

By Euan Davidson

June 22, 2021

Former Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United Andros Townsend is “open” to a move to Celtic.

Townsend, who has 13 caps for England, gave TalkSPORT a diplomatic response when asked if he’d consider a move to Celtic or Rangers. The winger, who endured more loans than Rangers before becoming a regular at White Hart Lane, is 29, and is considering his options once his Crystal Palace contract expires.

Alongside Roy Hodgson, the winger is likely to be leaving Croydon. At the right side of 30, the winger still has plenty to offer to a Premier League, Championship or even Scottish Premiership club.

Townsend told TalkSPORT:

“I’m open to everything.

“If there’s an option that presents itself and it’s the best one for me and fulfils my needs, I wouldn’t turn it down just because it’s in another country.”

Townsend, who set the Eagles back £13m in 2016 [BBC], has not been offered a new deal. While his wages could be considerable, there’s a chance for another Scott Sinclair-style career revival north of the border. And were that the case, we’d rather it was at Paradise than Ibrox.

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Obviously, the guy is a quality player. You don’t rack up nearly £30m on transfer fees by 29 if you’re bang-average, generally speaking. The likes of Danny Drinkwater are excepted, obviously. Clubs have invested heavily in the winger, and he’s delivered. A versatile attacking talent who can play on either side, his return of goals and assists in the Premier League, a combined 55 in 243 outings [Transfermarkt], is good value.

In fact, it’s actually relatively comparable to the aforementioned Scott Sinclair, who made 19 Premier League goal contributions in 119 games [Transfermarkt]. One suspects that at Scottish Premiership level, against slower full-backs, those numbers would get a huge boost, as they did for Sinclair.

Andros Townsend: enthusiastic / (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

His wages may be a problem, though. According to Spotrac, Townsend was receiving £55,000 per week in South London. Fine, it’s “affordable”, but you get the sense he’d need to reduce that pay packet by a significant fraction were he to travel up to Scotland.

It’s also quite funny that Townsend speaks about moving to Scotland, “another country”. It’s as if he’d be going halfway across the world. But that’s by the by. I mean, he’s right, but it shouldn’t prove too huge a shock for the winger. While defenders have struggled to adapt, specifically Shane Duffy and Jonjoe Kenny, one suspects Townsend’s attacking arsenal wouldn’t be blunted in Scotland.

Fine, he absolutely lacks resale value. However, that wasn’t an obstacle for signing Scotty Sinclair. We lack numbers on the flanks, and a 29-year-old Andros Townsend isn’t exactly Jinky, but he’s a very useful option. Our play was so meandering and narrow last season. To bring in a flying, industrious winger like Townsend would surely improve the team immediately.

It doesn’t seem entirely likely. But if he’s not going to rule it out, then neither are we.

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