A post on Twitter showing highlights of striker Gary Hooper during his spell at Celtic has got many fans discussing how good the player was.
The Englishman signed for the Scottish side for £2.61 million from Scunthorpe United and instantly became a fan favourite at the club as he scored four goals in his first four games, per Transfermarkt. He eventually went on to make 138 appearances, scoring 82 goals and picking up 30 goals across all competitions.
Hooper also won the Scottish Cup twice and two league titles during his career with the Hoops, whilst also being the top goal scorer in the league for three successive seasons between 2010/11 – 2012/13 (Transfermarkt).
However he was keen to move after Norwich City, who were in England’s top flight at the time (via Premier League), expressed interest in the player and eventually bought him for £5.67 million per Transfermarkt. It never really worked out and after playing for many seasons in the Championship, Hooper now finds himself in Australia with Wellington Phoenix.
It would have been interesting to see how well the forward could have done at the Celts had he stayed, with fans feeling like he left the club too soon. One said, “He was Ruthless!! Scored some great goals in the Hoops!!! Left way too soon.”
Here is what fans had to say about the player:
Should never had left could have been an all time great
— John Paul ll🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🍀🏴 (@JohnPau86431284) April 20, 2020
What a finisher
— Paul (@Mc_823) April 20, 2020
Amazing finisher… Loved a goal against sevco.
— robert arbuckle (@maleysbhoy) April 20, 2020
Top finisher was Hooper, prob lacked a yard of pace to go to the top level. Big mistake joining Norwich, needed to be in a team that dominated the ball.
— Woody (@Woodybhoy67) April 20, 2020
Better than Griff if honest
— celtic for 10 (@eddie410inarow) April 20, 2020
He was Ruthless!! Scored some great goals in the Hoops!!! Left way too soon
— Joe McG78 (@jojomcgowan78) April 20, 2020
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