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Celtic breakthrough with report claiming striker offered a contract

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Celtic are reported to have offered Steven Fletcher a 12 month deal but the former Hibs striker is holding out for a 2 year deal.

Neil Lennon name checked Fletcher last week with the 33-year-old out of contract after leaving Sheffield Wednesday last month.

Celtic have been linked with Ivan Toney and Albian Ajeti over the last 10 days but those options seem to be making slow progress.

Fletcher is almost ready to play with Lennon well aware that Celtic are less than a fortnight away from a 90 minute Champions League qualifier.

Tonight the Daily Record reports:

Celtic are set to seal a deal to bring Steven Fletcher to Parkhead.

Record Sport this week revealed the club had launched talks with the experienced striker – and it’s close to being agreed.

It is understood Celts have offered the 33-year-old a one year deal but the hitman is holding out for a longer contract.

But Hoops boss Neil Lennon is keen on bolstering his attack by adding the ex-Hibs, Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday ace and are confident both sides can strike an agreement.

The Scotland star is a free agent and believed to be targeting a return north of the border following a successful decade down south.

Fletcher has spent 11 years in England since moving from Hibs to Burnley split only by a short stint on loan at Marseilles.

Whether a compromise deal can be worked out remains to be seen. Fletcher won’t be short of offers from English championship sides but the chance to play for Celtic would be something very different and allow him to return to Scotland after a decade down south.

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