Celtic target Steven Fletcher pays tribute to his new Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat

Dick Advocaat

The Bhoys target did not sound like a man set for Celtic Park.

This week it has been reported that Celtic are in the hunt for Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher. It has been reported by The Herald that Celtic want to bring the Scotland international to Glasgow this summer, in a deal believed to be worth around £2 million.

It follows a less than convincing spell at Sunderland last term, in which he managed just five goals in 33 appearances for the club.

However, despite the links to Celtic, he has been speaking to The Herald this weekend about the future of Sunderland, under a former Rangers boss.

Dick Advocaat, who was head coach at Old Firm rivals Rangers for four years, has just decided to stay at Sunderland for the foreseeable future.

Fletcher, currently on international duty with Scotland, told The Herald:

"That's good news for us as he's done brilliantly since he came in.

"He's kind of similar to Martin [O'Neill] in the way he takes you asides and speaks to you, which I like.

"You could tell he took a real shine to the lads by the way he got so emotional after the Arsenal game [when Sunderland ensured their safety]. He likes to get forward a lot and that suits us with the players we've got.

"In the three years I've been at the club we've been [regularly] down at the bottom of the league at the back end of the season so if we can have a good start and give ourselves a fighting chance that would be good."

Celtic need to bring in another striker as John Guidetti departs the club and English teams take a look at Leigh Griffiths. Fletcher would be the perfect recruit, although, his wages might be a little steep.

But the way he talks about next Sunderland is not the way someone planning to leave would do so.

So Celtic fans should not hold their breath.

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