Gary Hooper believes Celtic would 'cope well' if they were in Premier League

Ex-Celtic hero Gary Hooper has praised his former club.

Former Celtic striker Gary Hooper has told The Scottish Sun that he believes the Bhoys would cope well in the English Premier League.

Hooper, 25, became a Celtic Park hero during his three years spell at the club, smashing 82 goals in 138 games after arriving from Scunthorpe United in 2010.

A move back to England with Norwich City materialised in 2013, but he hasn't quite replicated that success during his time with the Canaries, scoring 20 goals in 69 games.

Many expect Hooper to leave this summer in order to play first team football, and Celtic could certainly do worse than re-sign their former goal machine, who has been discussing his time at the club.

Hooper told The Scottish Sun that he loved his time with Celtic, before even suggesting that Ronny Deila's men would cope well if they were handed a place in the English Premier League.

"I loved it in Scotland. The Celtic fans were brilliant," said Hooper. "A lot of people say the standard of football up there is not very good but Celtic would cope well if they were in the Premier League," he added.

The topic of Celtic joining English football was once rife, but has died down considerably since Rangers' demise back in 2012, which saw them have to start all over again in the fourth tier of Scottish football.

The Old Firm rivals are essentially a package deal, and whilst nothing looks even remotely imminent regarding Celtic or Rangers joining English football, it's a discussion that is bound to return to prominence at some point given how dominant Celtic are right now, having won four league titles in a row.

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