Celtic were crowned champions of Scotland once again yesterday after they dealt out a thumping 4-1 victory over Inverness Caledonian Thistle to secure what has been almost a procession to the crown for Neil Lennon’s men.
With Rangers out of the league Celtic were never expected to struggle this season but with a solid European campaign that included an infamous victory over Barcelona it would be a push to say this has been anything but an excellent campaign for The Bhoys.
So with the Scottish Cup Final against Hibernian at Hampden Park to come on the 26th May another double may be on the cards this season at Celtic Park.
The goals came courtesy of former Manchester City front-man Giorgos Samaras and Cardiff midfielder Joe Ledley; but the plaudits again went to an Englishman as Gary Hooper smashed home a brace to take his tally to 28 for the season.
The former Scunthorpe man well and truly got involved in the celebrations post game (well as soon as Neil Lennon was allowed to join in after a ridiculous 15 minute rule added to his ludicrous touchline ban) and amidst all the clichéd questions such as ‘what a feeling’ and ‘is it the same without beating Rangers?’ he was asked one more.
About his long-term future at the club.
To which Hooper responded cryptically with a simple ‘’We’ll see, won’t we?’’.
In January Norwich City were the team all over Celtic’s case regarding a transfer fee for Hooper. The 24-year-old was the subject of 247 different bids from The Canaries (I may have over-exaggerated for dramatic effect) but Celtic stood firm and refused to bow to pressure.
That interest may now have died with the signings of Luciano Becchio in January and Ricky Van Wolfswinkel already looking for property in the Norfolk region but there will still be plenty of suitors for his signature.
Neil Lennon has made it clear he feels he can keep him at the club but in light of his recent non-committal statements and for some of the reasons listed below it is hard to see him remaining with Celtic next season.
His lack of conviction in his future seems prevalent and without any real competition in the SPL surely a player of his talents is desperate to try his hand in the Premier League; perhaps with the hope of forcing his way into Roy Hodgson’s plans ahead of a potential World Cup in Brazil next summer.
Who knows but what I do know is this; ‘We’ll see’ does not mean no. Not if you want it enough.
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