Hooper shows why he's hot property
Scottish Premier League round-up:Gary Hooper showed why he is so highly rated by manager Neil Lennon by scoring a double in Celtic’s4-1 win over Heartsat Parkhead
The Northern Irishman confirmed yesterday that the Scottish champions had rejected an offer, reported to be about €6 million, from Norwich for the 24-year-old English striker.
Hooper showed why he is attracting attention from south of the border when he slid in an Adam Matthews cross in the second minute for his 19th goal of the season.
Georgios Samaras added a second 10 minutes later but after Jason Holt pulled a goal back in the 68th minute there was a nervy spell for the home side which only ended five minutes from time when Hooper grabbed a third, before substitute Lassad Nouioui, on for Matthews, grabbed a fourth in added time.
Lennon will be hoping that he will still have Hooper in his side before Celtic face Juventus in the last 16 of the Champions League next month but he will also be pleased that his side, if belatedly, ran up the scoreline their first-half superiority deserved.
Billy McKay’s double helped Invernesscruise to a 3-0 victory against Aberdeen.
Andrew Shinnie opened the scoring for the hosts nine minutes into the second half and McKay wrapped up victory with goals in the 61st and 78th minutes.
Inverness manager Terry Butcher enjoyed some cheers from the home fans who showed appreciation for him turning down the chance to move to Championship side Barnsley earlier this month.
His commitment to the Highlanders came as his men extended their unbeaten run to 10 games in all competitions.
Leigh Griffiths’s goal earned Hiberniana point in a 1-1 draw against Dundee.
John Baird gave the visitors, now 11 points adrift at the foot of the table, an eighth-minute lead at Easter Road.
However Griffiths netted four minutes into the second half to earn Pat Fenlon’s men a point.