If Celtic are looking to bolster their attacking options this summer then they could do a lot worse than re-signing Gary Hooper.
The 31-year-old striker is without a club after being released by Sheffield Wednesday in May. He would be available for nothing if Neil Lennon wanted to bring him back to Glasgow to help his other forwards.
Hooper left Celtic to sign for Norwich City back in 2013, but left for Wednesday three years later.
Hooper could be of some use to Celtic
Fans may be totally against the move initially but it is worth considering if Hooper could give Celtic a helping hand.
Most people’s main reservation would be his recent injury woes. Hooper featured in just six of Wednesday’s matches in the whole of last season. He underwent groin surgery in early November and didn’t return until late March. In total, he only played 85 league matches for the Sheffield club in five seasons.
That would definitely be of concern to Lennon but he could structure some sort of deal that heavily incentivises Hooper to get fit. Newcastle recently clinched an unprecedented pay-as-you-play deal for Andy Carroll – and a similar agreement between Celtic and Hooper would make sense too.
The Hoops are a little short for strikers at the moment with Vakoun Issouf Bayo still struggling to get fit after a pre-season injury. Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard look bang in form but an injury to either or both could leave us in dire straits.
Hooper knows the Scottish game and could give us a really good option as a third striker. Lennon recently spoke about wanting another forward in, so a move could well be done.