Saturday 16 December 2017

Hooper will continue to get better: Lennon

Neil Lennon insists there is more to come from Gary Hooper after his red-hot striker grabbed a double in Celtic's 4-0 Scottish Premier League win over Ross County at Parkhead.

The former Scunthorpe striker has been prolific since signing from the north Lincolnshire club in 2010 for £2.4million and, after skipper Scott Brown had fired the home side into the lead a minute into the second-half, he popped up with two headers to take his overall SPL tally to 51.

The Celtic manager's day was complete when he watched winger James Forrest make a scoring return as a second-half substitute after recovering from a hamstring injury.

The Northern Irishman, though, continues to be impressed by his number one striker, whom he hopes will sign a new contract.

Lennon said: "I fancied him to score but his all-round game was top class and I think he will only get better.

"He is an intelligent player. There are things you can't coach and one thing I've always liked about him since the day I saw him is his football intelligence.

"He can drop off into spaces or he can play on the shoulder of people and he has that natural knack of scoring goals.

"He scored two headers which is another thing he is adding to his game. I don't know what he has got for the season."

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