Hooper hoping to make Hearts

Celtic new-boy eyeing league debut on Saturday

Hooper: Hopes to be fit

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Celtic striker Gary Hooper is hopeful he will make a return in time for Saturday's SPL match against Hearts.

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The 22-year-old, who joined from Scunthorpe for £2.4million in the summer, has yet to make his league debut for the Hoops after tearing his calf in a pre-season friendly against Blackburn.

He has, however, taken a step up in his recovery and is hoping to play some part in Saturday's game at Celtic Park, where he could partner fellow new striker Anthony Stokes, who signed from Hibernian on deadline day.

"I'm hoping to be ready for the Hearts game," he said.

"I have been in every day except Sundays getting a massage and getting the

legs going.

"I have now done some running and strength work and ball work outside.

"The international break has done me a favour because I don't miss another game. I will hopefully train with the squad towards the end of the week and be involved in the Hearts game."