Sheffield Wednesday striker Steven Fletcher has claimed that he wanted to join Glasgow Celtic back when Gordan Strachan was managing the Scottish club.
The 32-year-old has claimed that the Hoops had a bid rejected for him back in 2009 when he was on the books of Hibernian.
“I was linked with Celtic in the January window. They put an offer in for me and it got rejected. And I went and saw the chairman (Rod Petrie) and says like, what’s the script? He openly says to me, listen, I’ll let you go in the summer, but you’re not leaving now. I was like, alright,” he said via Open Goal.
“Obviously I was still a bit like, can you not just let me go? I tried to push it a little bit – you’ve obviously got to try your luck. And he was like, listen, you’re not going. So I was like, alright.”
Fletcher has further claimed that he was told that Hibs plan for him was to graduate to the English Premier League.
He eventually did end up moving to Burnley in 2009 and had decent spells with the likes of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Sunderland and a loan spell with Marseille before joining Sheffield Wednesday in 2016.
The 33-times capped Scottish international has just ended his third season with Wednesday as the club’s top scorer and has a year remaining on his current deal with them.
He is clearly good enough to carry on playing for them for another year and should seriously consider a move back to his homeland after that to wind down his career.
During his career Fletcher achieved moderate success in the Premier League. However, his career has been fairly short of trophies. He managed to claim the 2006-07 Scottish League Cup while on the books of Hibernian. He finished as Football League Cup runner-up while on the books of Sunderland during the 2013/14 season and as Coupe de France runner-up while with Marseille during the 2015/16 season.
He was once even the Premier League Player of the month back in September 2012 while with Sunderland. If he is still good enough, Fletcher could be an option that Celtic should consider at the end of next season.