Celtic have turned their attention to Schalke striker Teemu Pukki as an alternative to Alfred Finnbogason, according to the Evening Times, with the club continuing to chase a replacement for last season's top scorer Gary Hooper. 

Hooper left Celtic earlier this summer to join Premier League side Norwich City after an impressive campaign in which he scored 19 SPL goals. 

Since then, boss Neil Lennon has been on the hunt for a striker to replace the English forward, with Iceland's Finnbogason emerging as a top target last week. 

But after Heerenveen rejected the club's approach for the striker and demanded in excess of £5 million, the Hoops have switched their attention to Pukki of the Bundesliga. 

The 23-year-old Finnish international has a year remaining on his contract but has struggled for first-team football with Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar remaining Schalke's number one striker. This has paved the way for a potential move to Glasgow. 

Celtic's hopes may rely on their ability to secure a place in the Champions League group stages, which hang on their play-off tie against Shakhter Karagandy of Kazakhstan. The first leg is due to take place next week. 

 

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