Celtic potentially signing Freddie Woodman isn't going down well with Newcastle fans

By David Walton

June 3, 2021

The idea of Celtic potentially signing Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman isn’t something that’s pleased the Toon support.

Newcastle-based outlet The Chronicle reported this week that Celtic are keen on the English shot-stopper. The report claims both Celtic and Southampton are interested, with Woodman just completing an impressive season with Seansea City.

The Toon goalkeeper managed to make an incredible 52 appearances for the Welsh side, keeping 22 clean sheets in the process [Transfermarkt]. It’s a fine return from the 24-year-old, who stated after their playoff final defeat to Brentford that he wants to play for Swansea again [Swansea City website].

A reported fee hasn’t been mentioned for him. However, he’s under contract with Newcastle until the summer of 2023. That allows the Premier League club to get maximum value for his services. Especially after such an impressive season in the Championship.

This isn’t the first time Celtic have been linked with a move for Woodman either. Back in 2018, Brendan Rodgers was linked with an interest after sending a scout to watch him in action for the under-23s [Chronicle].

Celtic signing Freddie Woodman from Newcastle? Looks a long shot

It’s clear given his increasing reputation that Woodman wouldn’t be available on the cheap. Chances are Newcastle would be able to ask as much as eight figures for his services given the year he’s just had. He’s also rated highly by their supporters, which doesn’t help our own cause.

Celtic have three goalkeepers at the club. You have to imagine that in order for us to bring one in, we need to shift one or two on. Scott Bain has proven that he isn’t good enough on more than one occasion this season. Question marks remain over Vasilis Barkas, whilst Conor Hazard still doesn’t appear ready.

Celtic-linked Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)2

And we haven’t even mentioned the elephant in the room yet. We still don’t have a manager. Goalkeeper is too important a position for Celtic to make decisions on without a new man in the hotseat. The best-case scenario for us is that reports are carried out on him for the next manager to peruse.

Even then, with the length of time we’re taking to get him in, this could be another target we miss out on due to our managerial dallying.

Even so, the prospect of Celtic taking the English stopper hasn’t gone down well with Newcastle fans. Take a look at some of their reaction below:

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