Our talisman

We need to tell them quite rightly, where to go with their £6m bid for our top striker.

Southampton’s efforts to unsettle Gary Hooper have so far been rebuffed by both club & striker, with the latter committing at least, his short-term future to the club and possibly beyond. Not only is the Englishman this season’s top scorer, his partnership with Anthony Stokes seems to have matured into a solid mutual understanding and double act which has taken the League by storm with twenty-one goals so far. He is also ahead in their own personal goals head-to-head, which is great for motivation and can only add weight to Celtic’s longing for the Championship.

I do believe in the coming years, our number eighty-eight will move back to England, but at a higher level than where he came from at League One Scunthorpe United. Southampton, come May, could well be offering Hooperman Premier League football in England, albeit with a struggling side, but that would probably come under an aspiration for any footballer born down South and Hooper will be no different.  In his primitive few years in professional football, the Celtic star has accumulated over one hundred goals at only twenty-three and has shown not only a knack for being in the right place at the right time, but an ease and sublimity to his finishing.

Not only this, but how demoralising and disheartening would it be for the team, manager and fans to let their star man go, midway through the season – especially when their only other striking target, Baba Diawara, appears to have agreed terms with Spanish cracks, Sevilla. Trying to find another striker, or trying to incorporate the unconvincing Bangura into a partnership with Stokes for the title run in would be akin to shooting yourself in the foot – and the pain would be far worse if this decision meant finishing runners-up again.

  1. Nick Hodge says:

    Saints and ‘unsettle’ do not go hand-in-hand. Since the Liebherr family and Nicola Cortese took over in August 2009 everything has been done in private. All transfers have been for ‘undisclosed’ fees. For unsettling I would maybe look closer to Hooper’s new agent as you can be sure it’s not us, look at the track record. Certainly we would not publicise ANY player wages for sure.

    Good article other than that and only time will tell IF we get promoted and IF we struggle. having followed Saints for a long time this regime is different. They have cash and have said they will spend when it is prudent to do so. Equally, we probably have one of the top five academies in certainly UK if not EU football and huge additional investment is being injected here also. Chamberlain, Walcott, Bale, Surman, Bridge to name but £50m.

    I would say you MAY find us in the EPL within two years and we MAY just be geared up to stay a while (Like we did last time!)

    • Thanks for your feedback Nick and also a little more background on the current regime at St Mary’s.

      I will continue to look at this situation closely obviously and also at what Southampton are doing, but Adkins has spoken of his interest in signing the striker – as you said, the new agent perhaps fanning the flames and trying to create a bidding war or nice little wedge from an improved contract.

      I do hope Southampton get another crack at the big time if not next season, I am sure they will be in the mix the following – they have certainly won me a few bob on accumulator’s this season, and for that I am ever grateful.

      • Sindy says:

        Your niece is so cute, and I love the Saints boaugrcknd!! Um, as far as my go to dish I usually do a veggie tray, deviled eggs, or a parfait dessert with angel food cake and fruit.

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  3. Sheetal says:

    tells me he is an ieillntgent man who understands what is happening round about him and he certainley has my support, again any rage is reserved for Mr Lawell.

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