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Report: Neil Lennon eyeing Celtic reunion with Gary Hooper after striker leaves Sheffield Wednesday

Gary Hooper is a target for former club Celtic after leaving Sheffield Wednesday, according to The Sun.

Wednesday confirmed Hooper’s release after Sunday’s Championship season finale against QPR.

The 31-year-old, thought to have been among the highest earners at Hillsborough, made only his sixth senior appearance in 18 months during that game.

Gary Hooper in action for Wednesday against Stoke this season

But his injury record may not deter Neil Lennon – the Celtic manager who signed Hooper in his first spell in charge of the Bhoys.

The Sun claims that Hooper is on Lennon’s wishlist if the Northern Irishman is made permanent Celtic boss, and adds the popular ex-Owls striker would be keen on a return to Parkhead.

Lennon was appointed interim manager in the wake of Brendan Rodgers’ departure to Leicester City in February.

Lennon is awaiting a decision over his Celtic future

Hooper scored 82 goals in 138 games for Celtic – winning two Premiership titles and as many Scottish Cups under Lennon’s leadership.

Daniel Pudil, David Jones, Almen Abdi, George Boyd and Marco Matias are also leaving Sheffield Wednesday, who hope to keep Keiren Westwood, Liam Palmer and Kieran Lee.

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