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Manchester United hero’s Celtic affinity makes move a tempting tip

| 02.02.2015

Few things may be guaranteed when it comes to the January transfer window, but backing Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher to swap Old Trafford for Celtic Park this February could leave you quids-in if you follow the signs.

The 31-year-old has already been deemed surplus to requirements by Louis van Gaal and while a West Ham United move may have broken down amid concerns over a medical, a Hoops switch could yet prove a palatable prospect.

Fletcher would be available on a free and is unlikely to command astronomical wages, having been sidelined for much of the past few years.

Celtic, meanwhile, would most likely welcome the addition of the Scotland international, who could yet use a stint with the Hoops to not only rebuild his career but also force his way back into Gordon

Strachan’s plans for the national side.

Fletcher need not look far for an example of how a Celtic move can rejuvenate a player’s career with former Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon currently thriving at Parkhead.

Gordon spent nearly a year out of the game through injury but was given a second chance by the Hoops and has promptly grasped it with both hands – pardon the pun.

The Manchester United man also has an affinity with the Bhoys, having featured for Celtic Boys Club prior to moving down south.

“I grew up going to Celtic with my uncle who had a box at Celtic Park,” he told Sky Sports in an interview conducted a couple of years back.

“He bought me a season ticket one year and I went along for two or three seasons.”

Fletcher is 6/4 with Ladbrokes to remain at Old Trafford beyond the close of the January transfer window while the bookmaker also has 7/4 on the midfielder moving to West Bromwich Albion and 7/4 on a Celtic switch.

It could be time to back the Bhoys.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.