Former Celtic player and manager, Davie Hay, has been left unimpressed by the Hoops’ link to free agent Gary Hooper, claiming a move for the former Hoops forward would be a ‘step backwards’. 

The 31-year-old has recently been released by Championship side Sheffield Wednesday and has reportedly attracted interest from Celtic over a possible return to Celtic Park.

Aston Villa and Fulham are also considering a move for the forward, who won four major honours during his first stint in Scotland.

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However, former Hoops midfielder and boss Hay is unsure whether or not signing the free agent would be a good piece of business by the club. 

Talking in his Glasgow Evening Times column, Hay, who won 10 major honours with Celtic, said:

Now, don’t get me wrong, he did really well for Celtic first time around and he was a prolific scorer for that team, but I think it might be a step backwards.

The top of the park is an area that Celtic definitely have to strengthen in the window, but whoever they do bring in over the summer, I would like to think they would be able to attract a better quality of player. 

That’s meaning no disrespect to a striker who did well for Celtic when he was here before, and has always known where the net is throughout his career.

Whoever lands the full-time managerial position at Celtic Park may well play a key role in the Hoops’ interest in Hooper, with. Neil Lennon keen on bringing the player back to Scotland. 

However, if Celtic decide on appointing a different manager, the club could well end their interest in Hooper.

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