NEIL LENNON has refused to rule out a dramatic swoop for free agent Steven Fletcher.

The 33-year-old Scotland international striker is up for grabs after leaving Sheffield Wednesday at the end of his contract after scoring 36 goals in 124 Championship games for the Hillsborough outfit.

Reports indicate the former Hibs star, who was on the Parkhead club’s radar when Gordon Strachan was manager in 2008, has returned to Scotland with his family.

Lennon is on the look-out to beef up his attacking options to support Odsonne Edouard, last season’s top scorer with 28 goals.

He saw a £5million offer for Peterborough’s 24-goal man Ivan Toney rejected during the week while West ham’s Swiss raider Albian Ajeti is mulling over a season-long loan deal.

The Hoops gaffer admits he is an admirer of Fletcher and, speaking to the Glasgow Times, said: “He is a good player. I am not going to confirm or deny that, I don’t want to talk about individuals.
“We have been linked with a lot of strikers, midfield players, centre-halves. There are one or two areas we want to add to because we have let a few players go. We let seven or eight go and we have only added Vasilis Barkas to the squad so I think it’s important we bring some quality in, in the areas we are looking for.

“I think it’s the most important position on the pitch. We have had a few injuries and a few absentees in that department, so if there is a quality one available and we think it’s the right thing to do, we will pursue it.

“We will take a view on the squad later on down the line.”

Lennon says though that the likes of Vakoun Bayo may still have a future at the club. He said: “He pulled his hamstring inLoughborough. He has been out for the last few weeks, he is just back out on the pitches doing some rehab and physical work. We are hopeful he might start training again next week.”

The champions kick off their quest for a historic tenth successive title tomorrow afternoon when Hamilton Accies provide the opposition in the east end of Glasgow.



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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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