Scott McDonald mark II

26 July 2010 06:43
Gary Hooper gets top marks from Iron team mate, Celtic fans will see a better version of Scott McDonald when Gary Hooper signs , according to his Scunthorpe team-mate Michael O'Connor. McDonald was prolific before Tony Mowbray allowed him to move to Middlesbrough in the January transfer. Neil Lennon wants to restore some firepower to his side and has signed five new players already. Hooper - appropriately nicknamed Hoops - and Israel midfielder Biram Kayal are next in line. there is also the possibility of England goalkeeper David James becoming a Celtic player as he is due to have talks with Lennon today in Glasgow. O'Connor says Celtic fans were in for a treat should a reported £2million transfer go through for 22-year-old Hooper, who has scored 50 goals in two seasons. The Northern Ireland international said: "He is one of the best players I have played with, he is different class. If he goes to Celtic I will put a few quid on him to be top scorer in Scotland next season. I think he will get 25 to 30 goals up there. He scored 19 or 20 in the Championship last season even though he missed out on around 16 games. Rob Jones, who used to play for Hibs, thinks along the same lines. Hoops is small, stocky, strong, quick off the mark and has a great strike. He is the same build as Scott McDonald but he is a better player, he has a better strike on him. He will score more goals than him. Hoops knows I am a Celtic fan and he asked me towards the end of the season about the club. I knew Middlesbrough were interested in him but I said if it was between Celtic and any Championship side then he should go to Celtic. He's a quiet lad but once he gets settled in up there and bonds with the players then he will do fine. It's a great move for him and for Celtic."