Monday 24 October 2016

Collins insists no bids put in for Fletcher and Anya

Celtic will not be making bids for Scotland forwards Steven Fletcher and Ikechi Anya - because they cannot afford their huge wages.

Reports have suggested the Parkhead club are keen on Sunderland hitman Fletcher and Watford winger Anya.

But Hoops assistant boss John Collins confirmed Ronny Deila will not be able to cover Fletcher's £45,000 a week wages.

Anya, now on top-flight terms after the Hornets' promotion to the Premier League, is also earning too much to make him a realistic target, according to Collins.

Speaking at Edinburgh Castle following the release of the 2015/16 Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership fixtures, Deila's number two said: "I don't think I can say they're players that we're trying to sign.

"They're two good football players who I admire but they're both Premiership players so the reality is they'll be on Premiership wages, so probably out of our wage bracket."

Collins also confirmed the path was clear for Rangers to re-sign Danny Wilson from Hearts after revealing Deila "won't be pursuing" the 23-year-old defender.

However, the former Scotland midfielder is confident Celtic will not need to find a replacement for Virgil van Dijk.

Collins said: "I'm in regular contact with Virgil and I know for a fact that he is very happy at Celtic. He's enjoying playing and enjoying training and he has got two years to go (on his contract)."

Meanwhile, Celtic striker Teemu Pukki has sealed a permanent switch to Brondby after last year's loan stint with the Danish club.

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