Celtic manager Neil Lennon has confirmed that the Hoops have been in talks with Steven Fletcher’s representatives over a potential Parkhead switch, as quoted by the Daily Record.
The same outlet reported earlier this week that discussions were under way with the Scotland targetman, who recently left English Championship side Sheffield Wednesday.
It also claimed that it looked close to being pushed over the line before the negotiations stalled over the contract length.
Celtic reportedly offered Fletcher a one-year deal with an option of another year, with English second-tier side Stoke City also said to be in the running for the 33-year-old’s services
The Scottish Sun, meanwhile, claimed on Thursday morning that no contract talks had taken place between Celtic and Fletcher, but that Lennon is a fan and was considering a swoop.
The Celtic boss has now admitted that talks are taking place between the relevant parties, but sought to play down how far discussions had gone, as well as suggesting other options were being considered.
“We’re in talks with his (Fletcher) representatives but nothing’s confirmed one way or another,” Lennon is quoted by the Daily Record as saying.
“We’re linked with a few (strikers) so it’s obviously an area we want to add in. We’re spinning a few plates so if we can get a quality one in it’ll help us.
“We’ve got good strikers in the building already but it’d be really good to add another one, just for squad depth and competition.”
With Odsonne Edouard being linked with other clubs, Leigh Griffiths still working his way to full match fitness, Patryk Klimala still somewhat raw and Vakoun Bayo injured and out of favour, it’s crucial for Celtic to bolster their attacking ranks.
Fletcher, as a 33-year-old free agent whose last club was in the English second tier, may not exactly be the kind of marquee signing that would cause a buzz at Parkhead but he is a solid and dependable forward who has received plenty of plaudits in the past.
Former Scotland boss Gordon Strachan previously described him as “terrific to watch” after his hat-trick against Gibraltar in 2015, also deeming him “elegant” and “clever”, while Aberdeen ace Scott McKenna spoke of how he “couldn’t get near him” in a training camp years ago.