Newcastle Eyeing Another Australian Striker

If we can avoid relegation, we’re starting to get some idea of the players that may be coming to Newcastle United in the summer.


Scott McDonald – 24 year old Celtic striker

The news today, not for the first time, is that Newcastle United boss Kevin Keegan is preparing a £5M bid for Celtic’s Australian striker Scott McDonald. Scott was born in Melbourne, Australia – the same birthplace as Newcastle’s current striker Mark Viduka.

Scott stands 5’8″ tall, the same height as Michael Owen and it seems odd that we’re after another small striker. We would have thought our number one striker target would be a big striker to play alongside Michael Owen or Oba Martins.

The Daily Mail today is reporting that the Magpies have spent the last few weeks watching 24 year old McDonald and team-mate Aiden McGeady, their midfield star, who’ve reported on before.

The £12M-rated Aiden McGeady is still interesting Newcastle but it appears that center forward McDonald has moved to the top of Newcastle’s wanted list. He has 25 goals this season and it was obvious on Saturday that we need at least one new striker in the summer as it’s odds on that Shola Ameobi and maybe even Mark Viduka will leave the club this summer.

McDonald, was signed by Celtic for just £600K in the summer, may want to try his luck in the Premier League with Newcastle. Celtic could net around £5M for the player. Quite a profit in just one year.

Hopefully in the future we’ll be able to pick these players up before they become big players with big price tags. It seems we’ve made a good start with the 5 youngsters we brought to the club in January.

Here is Scott’s playing career so far:

Years 	   Club 	       App  Goals
1998-1999  Morwell Falcons      3     0
2000-2002  Southampton          2     0
2002       Huddersfield (loan) 13     1
2003       Bournemouth (loan)   7     1
2003       Milton Keynes Dons   2     0
2004-2007  Motherwell         108    42
2007- 	   Celtic 	       24    19
1999       Australia U-17      17     3
2001-2003  Australia U-20      24    16
2003-2004  Australia U-23       3     0
2006- 	   Australia 	        6     0

It certainly seems he knows how to find the net since he’s scored 61 goals in his last 132 games in the SPL.

Of course the EPL is a lot harder, but we definitely need someone who can put the ball in the net. We would have won the game quite comfortably on Saturday if could have put home some of the many chances we created.

Scott looks a good bet to us.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • Hammy

    Mar 3, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #1

    Certainly has a good goals ratio but the Scottish standard is hardly La Liga is it……

  • cooldj

    Mar 3, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #2

    indeed. one must not forget that celtic also create more chances than we do

  • Hammy

    Mar 3, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #3

    not quite…


    Mar 3, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #4

    Don’t be daft no better than Ameobi or Smith!

  • Hammy

    Mar 3, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #5

    some fast editing there cooldj…

  • cooldj

    Mar 3, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #6

    what you talking about mate 😉

  • Hadji

    Mar 3, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #7

    I don’t understand these people sometimes,we need MIDFIELDERS not fookin Strikers.
    If Ameobi and Viduka leave we have Carroll.
    I’m sure if you put Carroll as a starter in Celtic he would score 20 goals…why,cause they have Aiden McGeady,Nakamura to supply him with usefull passes.

  • toonhitman

    Mar 3, 2008 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #8

    wat about the young italian kid we have just gettin,get rid of smith total waste of space

  • Hadrian

    Mar 3, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #9

    players we are looking at have a good yard of pace between them . good signs , we need a new rob lee tho 🙂

  • Baker

    Mar 3, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #10

    He is a great striker young McDonald – and probably a good time in his carear to get him. It makes me wonder if Owen or Smith is leaving this summer???

  • GP

    Mar 3, 2008 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #11

    I don’t really rate him, and we don’t need another small striker like you said. I wouldn’t mind McGeady though.

  • scott9

    Mar 3, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #12

    hesn a great player as long as he can play with owen or martins wich im not sure he can i think we need a target man like gomis/crouch/ashton and then someone who can play just of the striker and link with the midfiled someone like pandev


    Mar 3, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #13

    even though his goals to game ratio is great him signing wouldnt get the blood pumping in my veins to be honest. someone said that the spl is hardly la liga, remember what sort of striker we could get from la liga… luque anyone…

  • Hadji

    Mar 3, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #14

    Leo…with all the respect to your opinion but please don’t mention Luque in your context.Why can’t you be realistic and admit that Luque’s career was destroyed by Newcastle.
    I would have him instead Viduka,Smith,Ameobi at any given moment.

  • Rich

    Mar 3, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #15

    Hes not bad Mcdonald but not worth 5 million, if he was Mcgeady would be worth 50 million. Mcgeady is who we should throw 12m pounds for in the summer , i watched him at the weekend and the boys got everything,Scott Browns not bad either or Ross McCormack from Motherwell would be a good cheap option fast and tricky!

  • scott9

    Mar 3, 2008 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #16

    Hadji are u mad u would rather have luque instead of viduka

  • Hadji

    Mar 3, 2008 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #17

    Well i must be mad then.I’ve been following Luque from the days when he was in Mallorca.
    Barcelona must be mad too cause he was about to join them but they chose Eto’o instead.
    Just remember the pre season Scott,when he almost rediscovered his form they dumped him like a last piece a sh.t for a very small fee.

  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 3, 2008 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #18

    Hey Hadji, i don’t understand why Luque didn’t make it with us either…I thought he looked like he got it together in pre-season too…What went wrong?..What a shame, i really thought he was gonna kick some ass for us!..


    Mar 3, 2008 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #19

    well my point was exactly that hadji mate, we may have ruined his career but that seems to happen alot wish spanish players at nufc

  • Hadji

    Mar 3, 2008 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #20

    PunkSkunk…Bad managers mate,that’s what happened.We sold all our jewels and we’re left with garbage.
    4 major mistakes in the last 4 years
    4-Sir Bobby Robson

  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 3, 2008 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #21

    Aye mate, add to that list:
    Bellamy, Dyer, Speed, Solano…
    …I’m sure there are others…

  • scott9

    Mar 3, 2008 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #22

    hadji obviously there was a good player in luque i see were your coming from but i just dont think you can compare him to someone like viduka

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 3, 2008 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #23

    Rather spend that 6 mil on Chermiti.

  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 3, 2008 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #24

    Tom_Toon, where’s Chermiti from & what position does he play mate?..

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 3, 2008 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #25

    Striker or second strker from Etoile du Sahel in tunisia.

  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 3, 2008 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #26

    Who does he currently play for?..

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 3, 2008 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #27

    Etoile du Sahel

  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 3, 2008 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #28

    Ah!..Der!..Sorry, my bad!..
    …I’ll check him out!..

  • Lawman

    Mar 4, 2008 at 4:20 AM

    Comment #29

    it makes my blood boil when i read comments like “spl is hardly la liga” or the thought of an spl player is automatically crap or second rate.

    Then you read other comments saying “we should’ve got’em young and cheap…. blah blah blah…”. Well, remember in Jan NUFC was linked with a Dundee Utd player called Barry Robson? He was cheap! But then bloggers said he was crap and not the kind of calibre of players NUFC should be targetting etc etc…

    Celtic snapped him up for approx £2m. Throws him into the team against Barcelona in the Champions league 2 weeks ago and he scores an absolute beauty!

    But hey….. that doesn’t matter!!!! So what if he’s playing in the Champions League? So what if he’s playing and scoring against Barcelona? He doesn’t play in the EPL against the almighty Derby’s and Wigan’s but for Celtic in the SPL instead so that makes him crap. So what if he plays in front of a crowd bigger than Wigan, Portsmouth and Bolton’s put together? He’s still crap because he get’s quality service from quality players around him!!!

    If that’s the case, NUFC should be ashamed of itself considering the amount of money they’ve spent, the amount of money they recieve and the players they’ve ended up with!!!!!

    Mcdonald is pure class as is McGeady but I’m sure many people on this site don’t even know much about McGeady but reckon he’s a good buy (which I’m sure he will be) only because of his £12m price tag, which “automatically” MUST make him good. But £5m somehow seems alot for a player unheard of playing in the SPL! I bet if we slap a £15m price tag on McDonald, people on this blog would be saying “YES, he is the type of player we should be going for” because at £15m, he MUSt be a good player!

  • Lawman

    Mar 4, 2008 at 4:41 AM

    Comment #30

    ….and Hadji, if your arguement about Carroll being able to score 20+ goals cos of McGeady and Nakamura’s supply at celtic is valid then we might as well give up and sell the whole team!

    Your saying we shouldn’t sign strikers cos we don’t have quality midfeilders like McGeady or Nakamura to supply them so midfeilders are our priority. But then by the same logic, we shouldn’t get midfielders either cos we have crap defenders. Players like McGeady and Nakamura can only supply balls to strikers cos they can afford to go forward knowing they have a dependable back 4. Could they do the same at NUFC?????

    Sticking with Celtic, I’d be happy with any one (or ALL) of the following……Scott McDonald, Aiden McGeady, Scott Brown, Shunsuke Nakamura, Lee Naylor and/or Artur Boruc.

  • AdamCF

    Mar 4, 2008 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #31

    Scott McDonald would be a great pick up.. and send Mickey O out the door packing.

  • Mr Wrong

    Mar 5, 2008 at 4:08 AM

    Comment #32

    i’ve heard the figure being touted for McDonald to be around 15million.

    I really don’t think he’s worth that sum of money, but i can’t see Celtic accepting an offer of 5million when they just bought him last July…

    Couldn’t KK aim for a slightly bigger target?

    Im an aussie so im obviously not being discrimanatory, i just don’t think he’s THAT good. Just because he’s setting the SPL on fire doesn’t mean he will do so in England. I think he was released from Southampton only 2 years ago, so how much improvement can he have made since? Im just not sure he’s the one to go for…


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