Celtic latest: Sunderland’s Steven Fletcher hints at future move, Martin O’Neill praises fans and more


All the latest news and views from Celtic Park, including Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher’s interest in joining the Bhoys in the future and Martin O’Neill’s lofty claims about the fans…

Steven Fletcher on Celtic move

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher has revealed that he has had opportunities in the past to sign for Celtic.

The 27-year-old Scotland international has been playing in England since 2009, first for Burnley, then Wolverhampton Wanderers and now Sunderland.

‘There has been talk a fair few times but it’s never actually happened’, The Daily Record quotes Fletcher as saying. ‘It did get close.

‘When I was frustrated with injuries and not playing, I sometimes thought this is home for me and I want to come back. Of course I do want to come home, it just depends when’.

Callum McGregor on win against Aberdeen

Meanwhile, Celtic midfielder Callum McGregor has been reflecting on the 2-1 away victory over Aberdeen on Sunday.

The Bhoys had to come from behind to pick up all three points from the Scottish Premiership clash at Pittodrie.

Virgil van Dijk’s late goal saw 10-man Celtic head into the two-week international break on a winning note and as Premiership leaders.

Speaking of the celebrations among the Celtic players that followed the thrilling win, McGregor told The Daily Record: ‘There was a lot of passion in the celebrations.

‘It was great to be a part of it and to take it in. It was excellent in the dressing room afterwards as well. The gaffer was a bit animated afterwards. He was just delighted, you could see what it means to him. He was buzzing in the changing room.

‘It was a mixture of everything really. It was going top of the league, winning the game after going down to 10 men and the atmosphere was great as well. There was a bit of relief that we got there as well. Emotions were running high’.

Martin O’Neill on Celtic support

Former Celtic manager Martin O’Neill believes that Celtic Park will be able to attract as many as 85,000 fans if they join the Premier League.

O’Neill is currently in charge of the Republic of Ireland national team, who will take on Scotland in a Euro 2016 Group D qualifier at Celtic Park on Friday.

‘They are a fantastic football club, one of the greatest in the world’, Videocelts.com quotes him as saying. ‘And if there was a united Premier League they could build an extra tier and still fill 85,000 every home game.

‘I’ve not been back to take charge of a competitive game before but the difference is that although I’m going back to Celtic Park, a place I could call home for several years, and while I might turn right instead of left as we go into the dressing rooms – I don’t think I’ve ever set foot in the away dressing room before – this is a game against Scotland, not against Celtic. So all the nuances end there’.

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