Celtic news – Hoops want Mexican striker, Hooper praises fans, Kennedy tribute match postponed

Kennedy tribute match postponed.

The tribute match for retired Hoops defender John Kennedy, due to take place this Sunday, May 22 at Celtic Park, has been postponed following the recent security fears over boss Neil Lennon.

The game was to feature current Celtic side playing members of the team that reached the 2003 UEFA Cup Final under Martin O´Neill.

A representative of the testimonial committee told Celtic´s Official Website: “The committee is very sensitive to everything that has gone on around the club and, in particular, the manager in recent weeks. Therefore, we felt it would be best to reschedule the match for a more appropriate time.

“We look forward to announcing the new details in due course and staging the match when we can celebrate the great contribution to Celtic made by John Kennedy, Martin O’Neill and a host of Celtic legends.”

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Hooper praises fans.

Despite the disappointment of missing out on the SPL title, striker Gary Hooper is adamant his teammates are more determined than ever to reward the fans with victory in this weekend´s Scottish Cup Final against Motherwell.

“The fans have been brilliant all year and they were amazing on Sunday,” he told STV.

“It means a lot as they are all backing us and the gaffer. We owe the cup to everyone who has supported us – the staff, the fans and everyone, but mainly the fans as they have been behind us all the way.

“The gaffer said if the fans were like that when we lost the title imagine what they would be like if we win something so next week, hopefully, the cup will be ours. We are going out next week to win it.”

Hoops want Mexican striker.

According to the Daily Express, Mexican striker Aldo de Nigris says Celtic are ready to make a £2.5m bid for him in the summer.

The 27-year-old Monterrey hitman has been prolific in his native country for the past two seasons and possesses five international caps, although he missed out on the 2010 World Cup due to an ankle injury.

“Celtic in Scotland are an option for me,” de Nigris said. “We have talked a little about me moving there but I cannot say anything as nothing is concrete. I also have opportunities in England and Spain.”

He added: “This could be a great opportunity for me. I look at how well Chicharito has done at Manchester United and at that is an example for all Mexicans as to what we can achieve.”

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