Report: Celtic open discussions with representatives of free-agent Steven Fletcher

By John McGinley

August 4, 2020

Celtic have opened initial discussions with the representatives of Steven Fletcher about a potential move to Paradise this summer, The Daily Record reports.

The paper says that manager Neil Lennon is intent on improving the strength of his attack and that Fletcher has made it onto a list of potential targets alongside Ivan Toney and Albian Ajeti.

The free-agent left Sheffield Wednesday at the end of last season so wouldn’t cost a transfer fee.

The report states that the club have now started a dialogue with the player’s agent as he considers his next step.

However, Celtic won’t be interested in entering any sort of protracted battle with English Championship clubs who are also said to be keen on his services.

It seems that if Fletcher is to arrive in Glasgow it’ll be very much on terms favourable to us, perhaps suggesting he would be seen as a back-up option.

It comes after the club were linked with moves for more expensive options such as Albian Ajeti and Ivan Toney in recent weeks.

The 33-cap Scotland international may be well into his 30s now but he is still operating at a good level and capable of banging in his fair share of goals.

Last season he scored 13 goals in 27 matches in the English second-tier for Wednesday (Transfermarkt), demonstrating that at Scottish Premiership level he could be an effective option.

Celtic target Steven Fletcher / (Photo by Rich Linley – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Other, younger targets may be more appealing to Celtic fans, especially those who are something of an unknown but Fletcher is an experienced operator and surely a more reliable choice than the struggling Vakoun Bayo?

On a free, you can see where Lennon is coming from on this one, even if he could never be regarded as someone ousting Odsonne Edouard from the team.

We’ll see how this one progresses over the coming days.

In other news, goalkeeper David Marshall has admitted he is open to a return to Celtic this summer.