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Neil Lennon says new Celtic recruit Albian Ajeti reminds of him Gary Hooper

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Neil Lennon says new Celtic recruit Albian Ajeti reminds of him Gary Hooper

The ex-West Ham man will be in the squad for tonight’s Champions League game.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has told The Scottish Sun that he thinks new signing Albian Ajeti could remind supporters of former Hoops star Gary Hooper.

The manager was speaking ahead of tonight’s game against KR Reykjavik, where the £5 million striker might be on the bench.

Ajeti checked in last week from West Ham and given he didn’t play much at the London Stadium there is an air of intrigue.

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Lennon doesn’t think supporters should worry though, stating he could be like a certain former talisman.

He told The Scottish Sun: “We were very keen on him last summer. We really liked the look of him.

 

“Albian is similar to Hooper, that sort of intelligent striker. He bumps defenders and can finish off both feet. He is good in the air too, he will get on the end of crosses.”

Hooper was a real star during his time at Celtic Park, becoming a real cult hero at the football club.

In 138 appearances for the Hoops, he netted 82 goals and registered 30 assists, winning two league titles and two Scottish Cups with the club.

Ajeti failed to make the grade at West Ham and he will have it all to prove to the Parkhead faithful.

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That said, if he can achieve half of what Hooper did and build up just a small percentage of the relationship he had with the supporters, he will be on to a winner.

Ajeti might play second fiddle to Odsonne Edouard but it’s fair to suggest that he will earn plenty of chances to shine under Lennon.

It’ll be interesting to see whether he does fit the same mould as Hooper and whether he can fire Celtic to ten in a row this season.

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