Celtic are reportedly keeping tabs on Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman. The England under-21 keeper is said to be tired of waiting for first-team chances at St James’ Park.
The Mirror report he is being chased by Leeds, Arsenal and Celtic with Brendan Rodgers clearly viewing him as a potential long-term replacement for veteran stopper Craig Gordon.
It is not the first time that Celtic have been keen on the player.
The England under-20 star was apparently of interest to Celtic, according to a report from the Daily Record, when Craig Gordon picked up an injury in January. They claimed Celtic tried to hijack Aberdeen’s move for the supremely talented shot-stopper.
In the end, Woodman did join the Dons and impressed at Dens Park whilst Celtic signed Scott Bain from Dundee.
But could Woodman now be Celtic’s new Fraser Forster?
Newcastle have had chances to give Woodman a chance. However, they have continually decided not to do so. The signing of Martin Dubravka in January was a clear indicator that Woodman was not yet considered ready.
Forster suffered similar trouble when he was at Newcastle. In 2010 he went on loan to Celtic. He spent two successful years on loan there before joining permanently and becoming a fan favourite before a £10 million move to Southampton in 2014 saw him move into England contention.
Woodman has the chance to follow in the footsteps of this once imperious Celtic stopper. It looks like a no-brainer.