Hammond and Woods 'working very hard' on Celtic goalkeeper hunt, says Strachan

By John McGinley

July 3, 2020

Celtic are working hard behind the scenes to identify and pursue potential goalkeeping targets, Gavin Strachan has told The Daily Mail.

The new Hoops coach is settling into life at Lennoxtown as the squad prepare for the season kicking off in August.

He was put forward to media sources yesterday and predictably the topic of Celtic’s ‘keeper hunt came up.

Given he is just in the door he didn’t have specifics to share but did divulge that the search is being spearheaded by Director of Football Operations Nick Hammond and goalkeeping coach Stevie Woods.

As quoted by The Daily Mail, Strachan said: “I haven’t been here long enough to really get a grasp on recruitment. But there is work going on behind the scenes.

“We just have to have faith in the guys making those calls. Speaking to Stevie Woods and Nicky Hammond briefly, they’re certainly working very hard on that side of things, I know that.”

Woods has been instrumental in the development of multiple goalkeepers, including Fraser Forster.

It was also Woods who led the move to bring Craig Gordon to the club back in 2014, which paid off handsomely.

Clearly having him closely involved with the recruitment process here is sensible.

Who will be Celtic’s number one goalkeeper next season? / (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Aided by Hammond’s scouting network it will hopefully result in some quality players ending up on the shortlist and one ultimately signed.

With just a few weeks to until the start of the season and a difficult market to navigate in the midst of the ongoing pandemic, the staff at Celtic certainly have their work cut out for them.