‘Surely No’ ‘It’s Not April The 1st Yet!’ Fans Scoff At Calls For 35 Year Old To Return To Celtic Park

‘Surely No’ ‘It’s Not April The 1st Yet!’ Fans Scoff At Calls For 35 Year Old To Return To Celtic Park

Ex-Celtic defender Kelvin Wilson says the Hoops should consider re-signing Gary Hooper on a free transfer.

The 35-year-old played in Scotland’s Masters Cup last weekend and, asked about the Englishman’s performances, Wilson claimed that the striker could be recruited as a “backup” option by manager Brendan Rodgers:

“I know you look at Celtic and the players they can bring in, but I wouldn’t be surprised with Gary. Hoops could be a backup player there and still score many goals for Celtic. I don’t understand why anyone would question it. That’s my opinion.”

“Gary knows the club inside out and the fans absolutely love him. It’s a no-brainer for me. He wouldn’t cost them anything, so yes! For sure he’d take that opportunity, he’d snatch your hand off for it.”

Needless to say, fans on X weren’t particularly convinced by Wilson’s remarks, with most feeling that Hooper is well past it:

Hooper’s time has come and gone

The English forward was outstanding during his first spell at Celtic Park, scoring 82 times in 138 appearances. However, his decision to leave for Norwich after three years left a bitter taste in the mouth.

Since leaving, Hooper has never been able to replicate the form he showed in Glasgow, and his last club was Gulf United, who play in the UAE second division.

Celtic have enough forwards as it is

While the Hoops would have preferred to bring in another striker before the transfer window closed, Kyogo Furuhashi and Oh Hyeon-gyu should provide sufficient cover.

The latter has recovered from a calf injury that kept him out for three games, and he came in the second half of the derby win against Rangers last time out.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.