But Lennon — whose team turned in another dismal display — was forced to admit Hooper’s days at Parkhead are all but OVER.
“Can I convince him to stay? It’s a difficult one. He’s not featured much for us this pre-season. He’s got a bit of catching up to do and I don’t know where his mind is at the minute.
“I’ve not had the chance to speak to him yet but it could be difficult for us to keep him."