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Celtic have been urged to sign veteran free agent Steven Fletcher, with Barry Bannan backing his former Sheffield Wednesday teammate for a move north of the border, while speaking to the Daily Record.

11 years after one of the hottest prospects in Scottish football swapped Hibernian for Burnley, he could finally be set for a return to where it all began.

The Record reported on Monday night that Fletcher, who is a free agent after leaving Hillsborough at the start of July, is an option for a Celtic side who look set to sell Vakoun Issouf Bayo in the very near future.

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The 33-year-old has also received offers from four Championship clubs, potentially including Derby County and Stoke City (TEAMtalk).

But the chance to play European football and secure a place in Celtic folklore, with the Hoops on the verge of turning that ‘ten in a row’ dream into a reality, may be too good to turn down.

“Steven is one of the best strikers I’ve ever played with. He’s one of those players who, until you actually play alongside him, you don’t understand how good he is,” Scotland international Bannan says of his one-time sparring partner.

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“I thought before that with all the headed goals he scores, he was just a big striker type, but you play alongside him and realise he’s nothing like that. His ability with his feet is second to none and he is really the all-round striker.

“It’s no-brainer to sign Fletch. Last season and a half, he was unbelievable.”

Bannan adds that Fletcher’s attitude off the pitch is just as impressive as his ability on it, with the striker’s commitment to a strict diet and fitness regime ensuring that he is better than ever at the age of 33.

Fletcher scored 13 Championship goals last season for Wednesday; his best league tally since the 2007/08 campaign at Hibs.

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