By Danny Wright

8th May, 2018 | 5:49pm

Celtic likely to sign pass master reportedly contacted by bitter rivals - Football Whispers

Celtic are likely to sign Norwich attacker Wes Hoolahan in the summer transfer window as his deal at Carrow Road is due to expire, according to a report.

Football Whispers claims that Hoolahan, 35, is the most-likely player to join the Hoops next after he played his final game for Norwich in a 2-1 win against Leeds last month in which he scored and supplied an assist.

This may mean that an interesting race between Celtic and bitter rivals Rangers may open up over the pass master as news outlet has recently reported that Steven Gerrard has contacted the former Livingston ace ahead of him potentially moving to Ibrox in the summer.

Football Whispers, which gathers all transfer rumours across the globe and calculates the likelihood of them happening, rates it 3.4 out of 5 that the former Republic of Ireland international will join the Scottish champions, with five the highest possible ranking and meaning it is a certainty.

Football Insider verdict

At 35-years-of-age, signing Hoolahan may be a bit of a risk for Celtic, even if the likes of Tom Rogic and Stuart Armstrong quit Parkhead over the upcoming summer transfer window. While the ex-Ireland international’s range of passing was arguably one of the best in the Championship, he may not be able to keep up with playing for the best team in Scotland. European ties may see Hoolahan become a passenger as well, so it’s best off if Celtic ignore signing the ex-Livingston man. Rangers on the other hand look as though they could be the ones to sign up Hoolahan. However that could be controversial given the fact that the Norwich icon is a Dublin-born ex-Ireland international. The Light Blues haven’t had many Irishmen over the years and there’s bound to be some fans who oppose to it. It will be interesting to see who Gerrard is able to attract to Ibrox this month, on both halves of the Glasgow divide.

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