This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Sheffield United defender George Baldock is on a list of potential Celtic targets that has been shown to and approved by new manager Ange Postecoglou, according to the Sheffield Star.
It is understood that the Scottish club have been scouting 28-year-old since 2019 and feel now may be a good time to tempt him north of the border.
But would he be a good signing for the Bhoys? And is he good enough for the SPFL?
We quizzed our FLW writers…
This would be such a good move for Celtic.
George Baldock has been a real success at Sheffield United during recent seasons with the full-back making 139 appearances since arriving at the club four years ago.
The 28-year-old looked good at Premier League level and so I’ve got no doubts that he would be a really smart addition for the Bhoys.
One question mark has to be over the transfer fee for the player with the Blades likely to command a substantial price for such an important player.
Will Celtic be able to afford a big fee? It remains to be seen but I think that this will be the deciding factor in a move.
I like Baldock a lot, he floods forward down the right-hand side with little fear and I think he is arguably too good to play in the SPFL.
He certainly won’t come cheap and I think Celtic would have to pull out all the stops to get hold of him this summer.
I’d also be shocked to see the Blades let him go as he has been pretty consistent since moving to Bramall Lane.
He definitely be a regular starter for the Hoops and maybe it suggests that they could switch to a back five with wing-backs moving forwards.
I wouldn’t trust him to be disciplined enough to play in a flat back four, so it’ll be intriguing to see how he would fit in.
Baldock was one of the surprise stars of Sheffield United’s 2019-20 season when they finished ninth in the Premier League but his stock has probably decreased slightly following the disappointments of the most recent campaign.
But in my eyes, the quality of most Scottish Premiership teams is akin to lower Championship or top League One level, so if Baldock were to secure a move to Celtic then domestically he should be absolutely fine as I think he would still be able to do a job in the Premier League.
Would he be able to step up to European level though? That’s a different question altogether – Celtic are in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League but they haven’t reached the group stages since 2017 so it could be another Europa League campaign unless the draw is kind to them.
I think that in the Europa League Baldock would fare fine but I’m not sure he’s capable of being a Champions League player, however, there are more positives to the potential deal than negatives and if Celtic can agree a suitable fee with the Blades then Baldock should be a player of real interest.