Kevin Keegan has talked about some good players who will be available from the SPL in the summer. Here are four players that would certainly improve our squad greatly next season.
Aiden McGeady – speedy winger turned 22 last Friday
Keegan has recently admitted he is looking to Scotland for some players as he said:
“I am not saying there are 20 players in Scotland who are worthy of attention, but there are four or five players up there who are very decent prospects.â€
“First and foremost, I am looking for players with experience from within the British Isles and, preferably, having played in the Premiership. But the next step after that, if we can’t get those ones, is Scotland.”
Reports suggest that Keegan is very keen on Aiden McGeady but it will take a big offer to tempt Celtic to part with their 22 year old Irish winger and amounts of Â£12M have been mentioned. And weâ€™ll not be the only club interested if Celtic decide to sell.
Newcastle think that they may have to go to up to Â£12M to tempt Celtic, and Keegan is said to remain keen on the youngster, and will no doubt monitor his form through the end of the season. Whether Newcastle will then mount a bid in the summer remains to be seen.
Aiden can play in a variety of attacking positions and usually plays as an attacking midfielder/winger for Celtic, on the left hand side. He has blistering pace and quick feet. So it looks like Aiden would fit nicely into a Kevin Keegan attacking side.
Glasgow born McGeady has played 110 times for Celtic and scored 25 goals and has represented Ireland on 17 occasions with no goals. He stands 5â€™10â€ tall and only just turned 22 years-old.
Scott McDonald – 24 year old Celtic striker
Newcastle United boss Kevin Keegan is said to be preparing a Â£5M bid for Celticâ€™s Australian striker Scott McDonald. Scott was born in Melbourne, Australia – the same birthplace as Newcastle’s current in form striker Mark Viduka.
Scott stands 5’8″ tall, the same height as Michael Owen, and it seems odd that we would bring in another small striker. We would have thought our number one striker target would be a big striker to help out Viduka, even though young Andy Carroll is also coming through.
The Magpies have spent time watching 24 year old McDonald, who was signed by Celtic for just Â£600K last summer, and Scott may want to try his luck in the Premier League with Newcastle. Celtic could net around Â£5M for the player. Quite a profit in just one year.
Here is Scottâ€™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.Â Scott looks a good bet to us.
Steven Fletcher – 21 year old striker tracked by Real Madrid
It seems that Hibernian striker Steven Fletcher is attracting some of our attention and Newcastle scouts were said to be at Parkhead recently to watch the young 21 year-old striker Steven Fletcher.
Real Madrid have also been linked with Steven, and in fact has just signed a long term contract with the Edinburgh based club making him the club’s highest-paid player. Fletcher scored his first hat-trick in a 4-2 win over Gretna on 13 February 2008.
Real Madrid rate the 21-year-old as one of the hottest prospects in European football and followed him closely during last summerâ€™s FIFA Under-20 tournament in Canada.
Jeff Vetere, who joined Newcastle United recently as part of a new recruitment team at the Tyneside club, was so impressed by Fletcher he sent glowing reports to Bernabeu sporting director Predrag Mijatovic. It looks like Jeff has now alerted Newcastle United to the young Scottish prospect.
Fletcher has 13 goals for the season and Scotlandâ€™s new boss George Burley may bring the prolific youngster into his squad for Croatia’s visit to Hampden Park on March 26. The Old Firm and Blackburn Rovers have also been linked with Steven, who has scored 34 times in 133 appearances for Hibernian.
It seems that Fletcher is an excellent player in the making and he, along with a number of other youngsters, could be brought in during the summer and immediately be part of our first team squad.
Carlos Cuellar – a Keegan target in the summer?
Newcastle United are said to be among Premiership clubs taking a good look at Rangers’ Spanish center-back Carlos Cuella. Kevin Keegan was at the Rangers Sporting Lisbon game last week and news is that he was watching the Spanish central defender, amongst other players. It was Kevinâ€™s second visit inside a month, after he and assistant Terry McDermott attended the 2-0 victory over Werder Bremen in the previous round.
There was even news last week that Northern Ireland international Steven Davis, on loan to Rangers from Fulham, is another player potentially being monitored by Newcastle’s recruitment team. It seems that Rangers are very likely to receive bids for the 6â€™3â€ Spaniard when the summer transfer window opens. No transfer fees have been mentioned for the Spaniard but we think his fee would be in the range of about Â£4M.
Carlos was born in Madrid, Spain, is 26 years old and has played 26 times for Rangers this season scoring 4 goals, but he is not yet a Spanish International.
So, what do you think of these four? Are there other good players north of the border who could do a job for us next season?
Comments very welcome.