Should Bolton target these two former Celtic players on loan?

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With the loan deadline approaching and Bolton Wanderers in need of some firepower, Neil Lennon could do a lot worse than looking to Giorgios Samaras and Gary Hooper.

Neil Lennon has had a decent start as Bolton Wanderers manager and has certainly lifted the fans after a dour start to the season under Dougie Freedman. The Trotters have won three out of their last four to move out of the relegation zone but their top goalscorer in the league is Joe Mason with just four goals.

With the loan window shutting in just over a weeks time (27th November), Lennon should look to do some business. Whilst Bolton already have a decent squad they are lacking in firepower with Craig Davies and Jermaine Beckford failing to produce the goods. Centre-back Matt Mills finds himself with four goals in all competitions and they have been thankful that goals have come from elsewhere.

Max Clayton got his first for the club against Wigan Athletic but they aren't expecting too much from the former Crewe Alexandra player this season. Neil Lennon managed many great players at Celtic, and two that are currently not getting a look in at their present clubs, should be targeted on loan.

Giorgios Samaras moved to West Bromwich Albion in the summer but Alan Irvine has said he is suffering from a lack of pre-season and his fitness is lacking. Samaras was involved in the World Cup in the summer with Greece but has since been dropped from the international set-up. The Greek striker needs some game time, and would be a great addition in the Championship.

Often a big game player for Celtic against Rangers, and Barcelona particularly, Samaras is capable of playing wide of the striker as well as up front on his own. He would give Lennon some options, and his ability to stride past defenders with ease would create space for his teammates. Limited to a handful of appearances with The Baggies so far, Irvine would be willing to give him some valuable game time.

Another striker who played under Lennon at The Bhoys is Gary Hooper whose start to the season was disrupted by injury. Since his return he has found himself down the pecking order behind Cameron Jerome, Lewis Grabban and Kyle Lafferty. He has been an unused substitute for the last four matches and although Neil Adams has stated he doesn't want Hooper to leave on loan, it may be the move he needs to give him a boost.

Bolton and Norwich are at opposite ends of the Championship at the moment, and a run of games and a few goals to his name would do him the world of good. He could then come back to Norwich in great form in a couple of months time. There is no doubting his ability as he has shown by scoring goals aplenty in the top six leagues in England as well as the Scottish Premier League and Champions League.

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