Confirmed: Wigan sign Celtic-linked Sunderland striker Charlie Wyke

By Euan Davidson

July 7, 2021

Wigan have signed Celtic ‘target’ Charlie Wyke.

Wyke had been extensively linked to Celtic, first by former defender Mark Wilson on the Celtic Huddle Podcast. Subsequently, reports indicated that Celtic had entered talks with the striker, who preferred a move to Paradise this summer [Northern Echo].

As recently as yesterday, the hype reached critical mass. Wyke said goodbye to Sunderland, with a move to Celtic seeming a foregone conclusion.

However, not the case; Englishman Wyke has made a lateral move. He’s going to Wigan Athletic on a three-year deal [News and Star]. With the Latics desperate to return to the Championship, the League One side have acted quickly to snare a proven goalscorer.

This will be reported as a “blow” for Celtic. But with Edouard, Griffiths, Bayo and Ajeti all still at the club, it’s a crowded part of the squad. Wyke may have another excellent season at League One level, but there would have been no assurances of first-team football in Glasgow.

An exciting seven days for Celtic fans is about to get underway

In the end, it’s probably the best move for both Wyke and Celtic.

Celtic will have bigger targets in mind than Wigan striker Charlie Wyke

With no offence to him, and at the risk of sounding a bit “didn’t fancy you anyway!”, Celtic really should have their sights on bigger names than Charlie Wyke.

Wigan have pounced for Charlie Wyke / (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)

For all of his goals in League One, that’s a level well below ours. The culture shock of competing for trophies, European football and 60,000 supporters every other week would’ve been potentially difficult to adapt to as a striker. If we’re looking to replace Odsonne Edouard at some stage, this wasn’t it.

To be entirely honest, this deal seemed dead when Leigh Griffiths signed a new deal with Celtic. There just wasn’t room in the squad for another striker, especially given that there seem to be no plans to sell Albian Ajeti. On the contrary, Ajeti has featured relatively prominently in training footage, and is a good bet to start against Sheffield Wednesday today.

So, it’s not a huge issue where Celtic are concerned.

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