By Alex Stevens
Celtic have been made odds-on favourites to sign Scotland striker Steven Fletcher.
The former Sunderland man had his odds slashed to 4/5 by betting company Sky Bet on Monday afternoon to make a move to Parkhead.
Sheffield Wednesday are second favourites to sign Fletcher, ahead of Burnley, his former club Marseille and Hibernian.
The in-demand striker has been targeted by Brendan Rodgers as he wants to use Fletcher’s proven Premier League quality in his first season at Celtic.
The 29-year-old was released by Sunderland after manager Sam Allardyce found him surplus to requirements, with Jermain Defoe and Fabio Borini ahead of him in the pecking order.
Fletcher spent the second half of the 2015-16 season on-loan at French giants Marseille, where he scored three goals in a second striker role behind Tottenham target Michy Batshuayi.
The former Wolves striker cost Sunderland £12 million four years ago, and scored 11 goals in his first season at the Stadium of Light and 23 in 108 matches in total for the club.
However, Fletcher’s last three years with the Black Cats have been severely interrupted by injury, scoring only 12 Premier League goals during this time.
The striker has said he is well aware of the reports tipping Celtic to make a move for him following the arrival of new manager Rodgers.