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It’s not often you find a group of supporters willing to move on from a striker who shattered a 21-year-old club record with a remarkable 31 goals during the best season of his career.

So the reaction to Charlie Wyke’s impending departure, as reported by the Northern Echo, makes intriguing reading. 

It seems not many at Sunderland would begrudge their talismanic top scorer should he swap those midweek trips to Wimbledon and Wycombe for European nights at Celtic Park.  

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According to The Echo, Celtic are increasingly confident of tying up a deal that would see Wyke become the first signing of the Ange Postecoglou era.

The Glasgow giants are in talks with the former Middlesbrough youngster and are expected to beat Nottingham Forest, Cardiff City and Millwall to his sought-after signature. 

Will Charlie Wyke swap Sunderland for Celtic?

But there’s an acceptance on Wearside that, in the long term, Sunderland might actually benefit from the departure of their most prolific number nine since the legendary Kevin Phillips lifted the European Golden Boot two decades ago. 

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For all his qualities in the penalty area, Wyke is one of those strikers who relies on service and set-pieces.

And you get the feeling Sunderland supporters would prefer a more mobile centre-forward – a Jermain Defoe 2.0 rather than a Niall Quinn tribute act. 

The majority of Wyke’s 31 goals last season were the result of hopeful hoists into the penalty area. Effective, yes, but not exactly aesthetically pleasing.  

The question is, will the 28-year-old adapt to Postecoglou’s forward-thinking, possession-heavy style? That’s a question only Wyke, the man Celtic have chosen to fill an Odsonne Edouard-shaped void in green and white, can answer.

Here’s what some Celtic fans on Twitter had to say about the situation:

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