Celtic are desperate to replace the departed Gary Hooper with Wolves striker Kevin Doyle.

Hooper has completed his switch to Norwich City for a reported £5.5 million, signing a three-year-deal with the Canaries.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has now targeted Wolves striker Kevin Doyle as the man to replace Hooper.

Celtic attempted to sign the Republic of Ireland international in last January's transfer window, but a deal failed to materialise.

The SPL club are in a race against time to sign Doyle so the striker is eligible to play in Celtic's Champions League qualifier against Swedish side Elfsborg next week. 

It is thought Wolves are ready to sell the striker to the Scottish club, to help alleviate some of the strain on the League One side's wage bill.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon had hoped to complete a deal for Hamburg striker Artjoms Rudnovs, however the Latvian striker was not keen on a move to the SPL.

Lennon is a long-term admirer of the 25-year-old Hamburg striker, but Rudnovs was simply not interested in leaving the Bundesliga outfit.

Lennon has subsequently turned his attention to Doyle, and Lennon admits he is trying his best to sign the Irishman.

Lennon told reporters: "We’re not really making great inroads but we’re trying our best.

"We’re working really hard on that one but it’s slow progress at the minute.

"He’s someone we hope will score goals on a regular basis, the way Hooper has done in the last couple of years.

"He’s a player we like and a player we’ve liked for a while."


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