Celtic should ask Newcastle United about Karl Darlow

Newcastle United's Karl Darlow

Should Celtic move for the out-of-favour Newcastle United man?

According to The Guardian, Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez is willing to let Karl Darlow leave St James's Park this summer - but not for nothing.

The same outlet reported that Newcastle rejected a £5 million bid from Middlesbrough for the 26-year-old goalkeeper, who helped the Magpies win Premier League promotion.

Darlow, who started 34 Championship games under Benitez last season, proved himself a fine goalkeeper and Celtic should certainly enquire about signing him.

Newcastle United's Karl Darlow celebrates

Craig Gordon was also excellent for Celtic last season, helping Brendan Rodgers's side win a domestic treble without losing a single match, but is he becoming a liability?

Bhoys supporters called on Rodgers to sign a replacement for Gordon last week following an error in a 1-1 draw away to Rapid Vienna in a pre-season friendly.

It would be easy to argue that the error was simply down to a bit of rustiness, and it was a friendly, but there was nothing friendly about the World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park last month, in which the Scottish keeper was questionable for both of England's goals.

At 26, Darlow looks to have a very bright future ahead of him, even if it's not at Newcastle, and Rodgers should definitely try bring him to Glasgow.

Truth is, Gordon is far too comfortable at Parkhead, with Dorus De Vries offering very little competition. He need a genuine reason to be concerned about his number-one shirt - and Darlow certainly would represent a real threat.

Celtic's Craig Gordon gestures

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