Kevin Thomson last night threw up the laughable idea of Celtic signing Steven Fletcher last night.
The former Hibernian striker was the man Celtic should’ve signed back in January 2009 as they pushed for the title. In the end, not signing him proved costly as the club failed to agree a deal with Hibs and lost out in the championship race.
But whilst it’s widely recognised that he would’ve been a great signing back then, surely it can’t be considered nowdays. Fletcher is currently with Sheffield Wednesday, having scord just four goals in 23 appearances. If that’s his kind of form in the Championship, Celtic shouldn’t want to know.
Yet former Rangers man Thomson, who was speaking on BT Sport, backed his former team-mate for a move to his boyhood heroes in January.
“I wonder if Steven Fletcher could potentially be a name that could excite Brendan Rodgers
“I think he’s a top player, he would score goals. The way Celtic play as well, having young legs in midfield now.
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“He would certainly give that team a platform. He’s had a terrific career and I’m pretty sure Brendan will know a lot about Steven Fletcher”
Surely there’s no chance
If Fletcher is the limit of Celtic’s January ambitions, then what’s the point? Fletcher is nowhere near the same player he was 10 years ago, and is too slow to do a job for Celtic.
Added to that, however, Thomson’s claims that he would score goals is totally unfounded. Stats go strongly against him, as Fletcher has a dreadful return of seven goals in 44 appearances over the last two years.
It could be the case that this is simply the Rangers fan in Thomson speaking out. If Celtic were to make their move for Fletcher, however, fans would be in uproar.
The likes of Fran Sol and Jermaine Defoe have been linked with the Hoops over the last few weeks. Either of those two would be a huge upgrade on Fletcher, who’s far too immobile to play in a Brendan Rodgers team.
The situation at Parkhead may be desperate in terms of striking options. Fortunately, however, they’re not that desperate.