When it first came to light Celtic were reportedly interested in Freddie Woodman, we were cynical, to say the least. The reports down south claim Celtic along with Arsenal and Leeds have been looking at the Englishman.
Woodman, 21, is Newcastle’s THIRD choice goalkeeper and has so far only had one first team outing for the club in an FA Cup game last season. The player has also only been part of one matchday squad this term.
The player has had loan stints at both Kilmarnock and Aberdeen in his short career to date and his current deal with the Magpies has 18-months to run.
Claims down south suggest Woodman wanted to head out on-loan at the start of this season but Newcastle would only let him if he signed a new deal first. The youngster cautious of tying himself into a new deal when his future as a first team star is not clear at all.
The shot-stopper has won the Under 17s European Championship and Under 20s World Cup with his country and has a bright future in the game.
As January approaches the rumours of Celtic’s interest is there again.
From a logical perspective, there would be no reason to bring Woodman in, nor incentive for the 21-year-old to come in and be Celtic’s third choice goalkeeper.
Unless the Celtic manager is aware of how much time Craig Gordon has left in him as Celtic’s number one.
Is the Irishman looking at creating competition for the gloves and preparing for Gordon to move on?
Celtic have had success with the Newcastle Reserve team before, signing Fraser Forster on-loan from the St James’ Park outfit under Neil Lennon. The bhoys eventually signed the Geordie and he broke records as well as Barcelona hearts during his time at the club.
No one would mind another signing which turned out like that.