Gary Hooper: Neil Lennon talks over Celtic striker's future
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Celtic manager Neil Lennon intends to speak to striker Gary Hooper on Monday in a bid to clarify his future.
The striker has been the subject of bids from and Norwich City.
There is no word from Celtic about any bid being accepted, but Lennon said: "It is between Gary's representatives and the club in question.
"I hope to speak to him this afternoon. I haven't had a chance to see much of him in the last week or so with the games being in Belfast and London."
Hooper was still missing with a groin strain as Celtic defeated Brentford 2-1 in their latest pre-season friendly, but .
"For the time being, he's still a Celtic player and he's fit now and it's a great addition to have for tomorrow night," said the Celtic boss.
, who have since , and both had bids for Hooper rejected earlier this year.
The former Southend and Scunthorpe United forward has been Celtic's top scorer in each of the last three seasons.
During that time, he has helped the club win two Scottish Premier League titles, two Scottish Cups and, in 2012-13, reach the last 16 of the Champions League.
Lennon insists that he still has not given up hope of persuading Hooper to extend his stay at Celtic Park.
"I would like to, but his mind maybe elsewhere," he said.
"I will just make it clear that he's welcome here and we want him to stay.
"You never say never. If things don't go through or things are not agreed, he'll be here for at least another year anyway."
Lennon has already signed Amido Balde from Vitoria Guimaraes this summer but says his search for forwards would not end should Hooper decide to stay.
"We are looking to bring another striker in anyway to just beef up the attack at little bit," he said.
"Amido started to show really good signs of what he can bring to the team on Saturday - we were delighted with his performance - but we will look to add to that as well.
"I am looking at a number of positions still and we're hoping to get over the line with one or two players, but I can't give you a specific number."
Lennon did not hold out much hope to Nottingham Forest, who tabled a bid of £1.5m for central defender Kelvin Wilson.
"I'm not expecting him to go anywhere," said the Celtic manager. "He has two years left of his contract.
"There was a bid in from Forest on Friday and there's nothing more on it."
With limited resources Celtic made the last 16 of the Champions League. I just wish we had a level financial playing field with the EPL.
What about Arteta, Fletcher? Boruc? Even Maloney - who often didn't make the bench at Celtic - got rave reviews in EPL.
And McGeady has done well in the Russian league. How many english players have moved abroad?
The price Celtic have been quoting as having rejected, Bent is supposedly available for so that looks a better bet. I can cope with an Ipswich old boy in the team if he scores!
Rudnevs seems a better proposition scored 12 for Hamburg last season in 33 games no mean feat in a mid table Bundesliga outfit. before that scored 22 in 29 matches for Lech Poznan in 2011/12.
That you try to wind people up with your false L'pool supporter thing is at times unpleasant and occasionally amusing.
You are entitled to your own opinion, but...
do not EVER bring the Hillborough disaster (#JFT96) into your cheap point scoring. There, you have passed limits that shouldn't be passed.
Don't go there, son.
SUPER DUPER GARY HOOPER
I HAVE HAD A CHANGE OF HEART AND WANT TO STAY AT CELTIC FOR THE REST OF MY CAREER.
SO THAT CLEARS THAT UP AND YOU LOT CAN STOP BICKERING NOW
CHEERS FROM GARY 88
funnily enough scottish people ( and irish) care bout scottish football