Deila hints Celtic failed in January move to sign West Brom midfielder Darren Fletcher

Darren Fletcher

Ronny Deila has dropped a hint that Celtic tried to sign Darren Fletcher in January.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has told The Scottish Sun that he has been looking to sign players with a connection to the club - and hinted at a failed move for Darren Fletcher.

Celtic made their sixth summer signing on Saturday, as defender Tyler Blackett arrived on loan from Manchester United, joining Logan Bailly, Saidy Janko, Dedryck Boyata, Scott Allan and Nadir Ciftci in arriving this summer.

Allan's arrival was another sign of Celtic prioritising moves for Scottish talent, following the signatures of Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong.

Now, Deila has told The Scottish Sun that he has been trying to sign players who have some sort of connection to Celtic, hinting that midfielder Fletcher chose a move to West Brom over Celtic in January.

"Darren Fletcher went to West Brom on three times the salary he could get at Celtic," said Deila. "We were talking to every player who has a connection to Celtic with that type of experience but they still need to have the energy and more in them," he added.

Fletcher, 31, is a boyhood Celtic fan according to The Independent, and reports from the Daily Star in January suggested that Celtic had hoped to lure him back up to Scotland from Manchester United, only to see the veteran midfielder join West Brom instead.

At 31, there is still plenty left in the tank for Fletcher, and in a couple of years, he may well be ready to turn his back on the Premier League in order to play for Celtic.

For now though, that remains a pipedream for the Bhoys, who are seemingly looking for boyhood Celtic fans who will put their heart and soul into playing for their club.

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