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Ex-Hoop can be 'really big star' for Blues

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Gary Hooper believes Islam Feruz can become a 'really big star' after quitting Celtic in order to join Chelsea.

The 16-year-old has been dubbed the 'Scottish Wayne Rooney' and has been earmarked as a supreme talent ever since making his debut for the Hoops' under-14s at the age of 11.

Chelsea have certainly been impressed by the exploits of the young striker and have persuaded him to leave Celtic Park for Stamford Bridge.

Neil Lennon, though, has been infuriated by Feruz's decision to depart, with the Celtic boss claiming the teenager has been 'badly advised'.

But, as Feruz embarks on a career with Chelsea, Hooper has given his backing to the teenager to achieve immense success.




 

"Islam is 16 and he's a very good player. He has quick feet and when he trains with the first team he does really well," the Celtic striker told the Scottish Sun.

"I was impressed the first time I saw him.

"He's very young but he's trained with us a few times and he wants the ball. Most kids hide but he goes and chases the ball and gets it back, keeps it and does well.

"In a couple of years he'll be a really big star."

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