Celtic ahead of Wolves, Wigan for Scunthorpe striker Hooper

Celtic are stepping up their pursuit of Scunthorpe United striker Gary Hooper.

Celtic are stepping up their pursuit of Scunthorpe United striker Gary Hooper.

The Daily Mail says stand-in manager Neil Lennon has identified Scunthorpe's Hooper as a leading candidate and made personal checks on the 20-goal forward.

Wolves, Wigan, Coventry and Ipswich have also watched Hooper, but it's understood Celtic and Derby have been strongest in their interest so far.

The 22-year-old has a year left on his contract and has seen his value rocket since making a £175,000 move from Southend in July 2008.

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