By Frank McAvennie

6th Aug, 2020 | 3:00pm

Exclusive: McAvennie shocked as Celtic offer reported one-year striker deal

Frank McAvennie is adamant that Celtic do not need Steven Fletcher with Patryk Klimala and Leigh Griffiths already in reserve.

The former Hoops and St Mirren forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted that Fletcher, 33, would have limited game time if he moved to Parkhead, where Odsonne Edouard is the undisputed first-choice striker.

BBC Sport claim that the Bhoys have began talks with the former Scotland international and offered him a one-year deal.

The Daily Mail report that the former Sunderland striker will turn his back on a two-year, £18,000 a week offer from Championship Stoke to join Neil Lennon’s side.

Fletcher is currently a free agent after his contract at Sheffield Wednesday expired last month to end a four-year association with the club.

When asked by Football Insider if the centre-forward would be a welcome addition at Parkhead, McAvennie said: “Does Stephen want to come up and be a bit part player?

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“We all know that Edouard is number one so I do not think he would get a lot of game time.

“He is at the stage of his career where he might just want to join Celtic with a flourish. A good player and it is a long window but Lenny will know if Griff is going to be ready.

“There might be injuries throughout the season but I do not think that they need four strikers.”

Fletcher scored 13 goals in 27 league appearances last term in an Owls side that finished 16th in the Championship.

Lennon’s current crop of strikers got off to a flyer against Hamilton on Sunday, a hat-trick for Edouard and one for Klimala helped the Hoops to a 5-1 win on the opening weekend.

In other Celtic news, McAvennie has told Football Insider that Neil Lennon will need to sell this summer before signing “wonderful” midfielder from Premier League side.