Date: 7th May 2019 at 6:00pm
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EXCLUSIVE

Gary Hooper is keen on a sensational return to Celtic this summer after announcing his departure from Sheffield Wednesday, Football Insider understands.

The prolific striker, 31, revealed on his personal Twitter account on Monday that he is quitting the English Championship club following the expiry of his contract.

Celtic are in the market for at least one new senior striker this summer and could be ready to make a move for a player who scored prolifically in his three-year spell at the club from 2010 to 2013.

A source close to the player has told Football Insider that Hooper would be interested in discussing a stunning return to the Hoops, where he scored 82 goals in 137 matches and won two league titles.

There will be plenty of interest this summer in the forward even though he missed most of this season after undergoing groin surgery and only returned to fitness at the end of the campaign, making just five league appearances in total.

His record of 31 goals in 88 Wednesday matches does not quite live up to his Celtic feats, but Hooper was also a regular goal getter at former clubs Norwich City and Scunthorpe United.

Neil Lennon was in charge the first time at Parkhead when Hooper was signed for £2.4million from Scunthorpe United, with the player sold to the Canaries three years later for £5m.

In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED the club are battling Fulham to sign a left-sided flyer available on a summer free transfer.