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Why Steven Fletcher could be Celtic's next Craig Gordon

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The Sunderland forward could become a star if he leaves the Black Cats for possible Champions League football.

As speculation mounts that Celtic are set to move for Sunderland's striker Steven Fletcher, with the Herald one publication to run the story last week, the Bhoys will have been enthused by the last Scottish star they recruited who had left the Stadium of Light having failed to fulfil his promise.

Goalkeeper Craig Gordon wound up at Celtic Park last summer after spending two years out of football following his Sunderland release. Major injury problems looked to have ended his career, but the Scotland international found a new lease of life, and starred for his new club last season as they retained the Scottish Premiership, winning Player's Player of the Year at the same time.

Fletcher's career shares several similarities with the former Hearts 'keeper, being one of Scotland's most expensively acquired players, reportedly costing an initial £12 million when he joined from Wolves in 2012, according to the BBC.

He and his Scotland teammate both made their name at Edinburgh clubs, with the striker starting his career at Hibs, before making their way into the English leagues. But while Gordon's career at the Black Cats never really got going, the 32-year-old didn't manage two consecutive seasons at the Stadium of Light without suffering a major injury, Fletcher has had spurts of decent form at all three of his clubs in England, without ever really proving himself prolific.

The Scottish forward has also had his fair share of injury woes on Wearside though, at least until this season when he has managed to feature in more games for Sunderland than any other. 

Fletcher's goal return was poor as the Black Cats found themselves embroiled in a relegation fight, but there is still the belief that he is a forward with a lot to offer.

And now he may have the chance to head back to Scotland and rebuild his career playing for the famous Glasgow side. With the Herald mentioning a fee as low as £2 million, it's hard not to see the benefit for Celtic in pushing for the former Burnley man. Seeing how successful Gordon's return has been, it wouldn't be a surprise if the 28-year-old was seriously considering it. And again considering the club's goalkeeper, it would be very likely that Fletcher would be a huge success if he was to do.

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