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Celtic could unearth next Hooper in Joey Dawson

Recent reports have suggested that Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou is seeking to bolster his attacking options with the signing of a new centre-forward in January, with the title-winning coach seemingly keen on providing further competition to the current duo of Kyogo Furuhashi and Giorgos Giakoumakis.

Despite that search for a new striker, the 57-year-old could well be better served turning to the Parkhead outfit’s academy for further firepower, with teenage gem Joey Dawson once such talent who could well be deserving of a greater role in the first-team.

The 19-year-old – who is the nephew of former Tottenham Hotspur defender Michael Dawson – has featured just once for the Hoops at senior level to date, with that solitary outing having come as a second-half substitute against St Johnstone on Boxing Day last year.

The Englishman has been unable to build on that early foray into the first-team ranks, although has more than shown his quality for the Old Firm side’s ‘B’ team of late, scoring six goals in just seven Lowland League games so far this season.

That impressive tally includes a brace in the recent 4-4 draw with Caledonian Braves at the weekend, with the youngster seemingly hoping to have caught the eye of Postecoglou ahead of the Hoops’ return to competitive action next month.

The exciting talent – who was signed from Scunthorpe just over a year ago – will likely be hoping to emulate the impact of compatriot Gary Hooper at Paradise, with the latter man having also made the move to Glasgow from the Irons back in 2010.

While the Harlow-born ace may well have been a slightly more experienced asset than Dawson at the time of his £2.4m move from England, the striker’s tale should well be a source of encouragement as far as the promising gem is concerned.

After previously bagging 50 goals in 95 games prior to joining the Bhoys, Hooper went on to continue that scintillating form under Neil Lennon’s tutelage, notably netting 20 goals in just 26 Scottish Premiership games in his debut campaign.

That stunning hot streak would continue over the next few years as the 5 foot 9 menace – whom Lennon dubbed “world-class” – went on to score 82 goals and lay on 30 assists in just 138 games in all competitions for the club.

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Who is this former Celtic player?

The former non-league star was a truly prolific asset during his stint at Celtic Park, with such heroics ultimately sealing a move to Norwich City on a £5m deal in 2013, albeit with that departure having proven somewhat unsuccessful as the 34-year-old now plies his trade in Cyprus after stints in both New Zealand and India.

In any case, Hooper remains something of a cult figure in Glasgow due to his stellar showings for the club, with the aim now for Dawson to try and recreate such form should he be handed a chance in Postecoglou’s ranks.

On the evidence of his form in the ‘B’ team, the youth asset certainly knows where the goal is…