Report: Celtic are showing interest in Everton defender Lewis Gibson

By John McGinley

January 7, 2020

Celtic are showing interest in Everton defender Lewis Gibson this January, with the player having less than six months on his contract, The Liverpool Echo report.

The paper believes that Gibson is currently locked in talks with the Toffees about extending his stay at Goodison Park, but the player is seeking assurances over his path to the first-team.

Teams such as Feyenoord and AZ Alkmaar are said to be keen on landing the player, with Celtic also credited with an interest.

Gibson was signed from Newcastle United in 2017 but has yet to make his senior debut at Everton, with former manager Marco Silva telling reporters back in August that he was not quite ready for first-team action (Liverpool Echo).

Nonetheless, he’s been gaining decent experience with the club’s U23 side, making 36 appearances for that age group, including in the competitive environment of Premier League 2 and in the EFL Trophy.

Hallmarks of Hammond

The reported interest seems especially genuine because it has all the hallmarks of our recent recruitment strategy under Head of Football Operations Nick Hammond.

We managed to recruit a number of talented teenagers from the fringes of English teams during the last transfer window and it looks like we’re following a similar approach this time around.

Celtic-linked Everton defender Lewis Gibson / (Photo by Emma Simpson – Everton FC/Everton FC via Getty Images)

Gibson may not have senior experience, but as long as he’s been well scouted and comes well recommended he could be a decent acquisition.

The fact that Everton are keen to keep him speaks volumes about his future potential. If we can find another hidden gem like Jeremie Frimpong, it’d be fantastic.