Celtic news – Hooper for England, Thompson: McCoist-Lennon rift will heal, Matthews will be SPL success

Thompson: McCoist-Lennon rift will heal.

Alan Thompson is confident cordial relations will be re-established between his manager Neil Lennon and Rangers assistant boss Ally McCoist.

The Celtic Coach was speaking in the aftermath of a touchline clash between the two at the end of Celtic’s 1-0 Scottish Cup replay win over Rangers.

“There was a handshake, as there always is, and Ally felt something happened in the game, which he mentioned to Neil, and there was a reaction,” he told BBC Sport. “I am sure they will both sit down and sort it out between themselves.”

Asked if Lennon, who declined to speak to the media after the game, would be joining his opposite number for the post-match pleasantries, Thompson said: “I think it will happen and everybody will sit down and have a beer together.”

Hooper for England.

Frontman Gary Hooper is thought to be on England manager Fabio Capello’s radar and could be in line for a shock England call-up.

The Daily Mail reports Capello sent his assistants Stuart Pearce and Franco Baldini to Parkhead last night to run the rule over the Celtic striker in the Scottish Cup replay with Rangers.

The Essex-born 23-year-old has netted 15 goals for the Hoops in his first season in the Scottish Premier League since a £2.4m move from Scunthorpe in July, 2010. Hooper had previously had spells with non-league Grays Athletic, Southend United, Leyton Orient (loan), Hereford United (loan) and Scunthorpe, and Capello sees him as another option in the event preferred forwards Wayne Rooney, Darren Bent, Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe are injured.

Matthews will be SPL success.

Cardiff’s Adam Matthews can take the Scottish Premier League by storm, according to teammate Paul Quinn.

The 19-year-old penned a pre-contract agreement with Celtic last week, and former Motherwell defender Quinn believes he has what it takes to be a success north of the border.

“Adam has all the attributes to be one of the best players in Scotland,” he told the South Wales Echo. “He is already a good player and will get even better with Celtic. He can save them a fortune. With money tight these days clubs have to be careful where they spend it. But, even if he does not cost much now, he will flourish and soon be worth big money.

“At the moment he is not the finished article but that will come because he is a brilliant talent designed for bigger and better things.”

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