Former Celtic star Scott McDonald has recently talked about the club’s interest in signing Sunderland star Charlie Wyke.
McDonald was a guest on the latest episode of the Celtic Huddle podcast and the panel talked about multiple issues involving the Hoops. They also talked about the club’s links with a move for Black Cats’ striker Wyke.
McDonald compared Wyke to Scotland international Lyndon Dykes but he questioned whether the Sunderland man would be a Celtic type of signing. He believes that the striker is very good aerially too – like Dykes himself.
Should Celtic sign Charlie Wyke?
Podcast host Mark Wilson had initially revealed that 28-year-old Wyke is someone who is on the list of potential striker targets for Celtic. Nottingham Forest are also interested in the striker, as well as Cardiff City, Middlesbrough and Millwall.
McDonald revealed that he’s shared the dressing room with Wyke and he gave his opinion about the Englishman.
He said: “Charlie started at Middlesbrough. He was a young boy coming through when I first signed under Gordon Strachan. He was at Carlisle and Bradford and got his move to Sunderland, so he’s got a pedigree in the lower leagues.
“Whether or not that crosses over to Celtic, I’m not quite sure he’d be number one pick. He’s very robust, a Lyndon Dykes-type. He would give you a bit of that. Aerially, he scores a lot of headers. Aiden McGeady’s given him a lot of assists this season and he’s thrived off that. He’s one of the best players in League One; he’s up for nomination.
“I know he’s a free, but at 28, there’s no sell-on value. So is he the real deal? I’m not sure if that’s a Celtic signing. If Eddie Howe gets the job and they are talking about wanting to produce young players for more money, is that the type of signing Celtic want and will it excite the fans?”
TIF Thoughts on Charlie Wyke…
Wyke has been highly impressive for the Black Cats in the current League One campaign, scoring 29 times in all competitions for the club while playing 49 games. In the league, he has scored 25 goals while getting four assists (as per Transfermarkt). He previously proved himself to be a reliable goalscorer at Bradford in League One too.
It shows that perhaps the current season isn’t a one-off occurrence for Wyke and he does have the goalscoring pedigree. While he indeed may not have resale value because he’s 28, Leigh Griffiths has been linked with a move to Aberdeen and Hibernian.
So if Griffiths does leave, the £270k-rated Wyke could be a very good option for the Bhoys if his Transfermarkt valuation is anything to go by.