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Gary Hooper needs to make a big decision on his future

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Celtic’s prolific striker Gary Hooper has once again found himself the subject of interest from a host of Premier League sides this summer.

The Bhoys’ top scorer is getting ever closer to reaching his prime, and his contract will expire at the end of the coming season. Hooper, 25, now needs to make a big decision on his future. Will he sign a new deal at Celtic? Or will they be forced to cash in on him this summer, rather than risk losing him for nothing?

Hull City, Everton, Southampton, West Brom, Stoke City, and Norwich City have all shown interest in Hooper, but have yet to make an official approach.

The uncapped Englishman has enjoyed another successful season with Celtic – scoring 19 goals en route to winning the Scottish Premier League title. He was Celtic’s top scorer for a third consecutive season, and won the Player of the Month award in January 2013.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon slapped a £7 million price-tag on Hooper amidst growing interest from a number of English Premier League sides. He may be resigned to losing him this summer if the former Scunthorpe man fails to sign a new contract.

Since signing for Celtic in 2010, Hooper has scored 82 goals in 137 games. Many are bemused as to why he is yet to make a full England cap, which subsequently could open the door to a Premier League move for the sake of his international prospects.

The European transfer window is now officially open, and Celtic are bracing themselves for a number of offers for their star man.

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Comments (2)

  1. The fact that Hooper won’t even be considered for an international cap unless he signs for a club in massively over rated epl smacks of bigotry and discrimination.
    But then, in recent years, we have come to expect no more from this racist corupt ‘emperor’ of world football as his naked ugly exposure increases by the year, until eventually its repulsive diseased body is finally exposed for all the world to see (if they’re to stupid not to have seen it already of course!).

    If Hooper is so desperate to leave one of the few teams in Britian who can actually progress in European competition, to play the relegation game in a one, maybe two, horse race in the epl I know plenty of Celtic supporters who would happily drive him down. I just hope he will be happy in the years to come counting his money, looking at an empty medal case and sitting on the bench for whocastle or playing for Preston North End.

  2. In my opinion the England team picks itself and very few “other” English strikes make the cut outside the regulars – Holt for Norwich has had decent seasons in recent years and failed to make the squad – why should Hooper be any different?

    To make the England squad, going to “bottom half teams” may not necessarily be the answer imo – scoring goals for Celtic in the UCL however might! After all Hooper was England’s TOP scorer last season in the UCL and still failed to make the squad which imo is ridiculous, considering England could be doing with a poacher like Gary.

    He has a superb first touch and a deadly finish – its a matter of time (I think) before he gets the nod for England, at least in a friendly – Hodgson has nothing to lose and everything to gain before next summers Finals.

    HH