Report: Celtic eye Freddie Woodman this summer after long-term interest

By John McGinley

July 7, 2020

Celtic are monitoring the situation of Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, The Chronicle has reported this week.

The Hoops are on the hunt for a goalkeeper following the end of Fraser Forster’s loan from Southampton.

With no guarantee the Englishman will return to Celtic Park ahead of next season, manager Neil Lennon has been forced to consider other targets.

One of those is 23-year-old Woodman, who has spent the season on loan at English Championship side Swansea City.

He’s been a regular there, keeping 12 clean sheets in 41 appearances and helping them make a push towards a promotion play-off spot (Transfermarkt).

Woodman also has experience of Scottish football, having spent time on loan from the Magpies at Aberdeen and Kilmarnock.

The Chronicle believes that Celtic are long-time admirers of the emerging talent and could pursue another loan deal for the player this summer.

Newcastle are said to be willing to let him leave on a temporary basis again, with no sign of regular first-team action at St James’ Park.

Reported Celtic target Freddie Woodman in action for Swansea City / (Photo by Ian Cook – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Woodman stands in contrast to the raft of experienced goalkeepers we’ve been linked with over the last couple of weeks like David Marshall and Joe Hart.

However, that lack of an elite background isn’t necessarily a guarantee he wouldn’t be a good signing.

Our last goalkeeping loan from Newcastle – Forster – didn’t work out too badly during Lennon’s first spell at the club.

With coach Stevie Woods in place, Woodman would be learning from the best and could be ready to take a big next step in his career.