Celtic Boss Neil Lennon Believes Striker Gary Hooper Will Leave The Club This Summer

Hooper has been linked with a move to the Premier League this summer.

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Celtic manager Neil Lennon believes star striker Gary Hooper will be leaving the Scottish Champions this summer, Sky Sports reports.

The striker only has one year left on his current deal at Celtic Park and has refused to sign a new deal, leaving Celtic resigned to losing him this summer as they don’t want to let him go for free next year.

Norwich City and QPR are thought to be interested in the striker, who is interested in moving to England so that he can enhance his chances of playing for the England national team.

Lennon believes that it will be very difficult to keep Hooper at the club amid the interest from QPR and Norwich.

“It will be difficult to convince Gary to stay,” said Lennon. “He has not featured much in pre-season and the games start in earnest for us on Wednesday night.

“So he’d have a bit of catching up to do and I don’t know where his mind is at the minute.

“Has he played his last game for Celtic? Never say never but it’s looking more and more that way.”

The Scottish Champions have already lost star midfielder Victor Wanyama to Southampton this summer and will more than likely have to do without Hooper as well.

However, Lennon should have money to spend on new players and he has said that the club will need to sign three players in order to qualify for the Champions League.

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