Celtic 5 Airtricity Select 0: Craig Bellamy could be set for a return to Celtic after Neil Lennon used the Dublin Super Cup to discuss the prospect with Manchester City.
The Wales international was left behind in Carrington for the weekend and, after spending last season on loan at Cardiff City, the former Liverpool man is destined to leave this summer.
He played at Celtic Park six years ago when on loan from Newcastle United and Lennon — whose side overcame a League of Ireland XI 5-0 at The Aviva Stadium yesterday — has acknowledged that he'd love to bring him back to Glasgow.
City boss Roberto Mancini yesterday hinted he would allow the striker to leave on loan and Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley hopes a deal can be reached to bring Bellamy back to Parkhead.
“I'd love for Craig to come to Celtic,” he said. “He has been at the club before, knows what it's all about and would be a fantastic signing.
“I've played with him for the national team and he has an incredible desire to win. Craig also brings the best out of his team-mates. Craig would do very well at Celtic if some sort of deal was sorted out.”
Anthony Stokes put the Hoops ahead yesterday and Daryl Murphy had converted a penalty following Danny Ventrae’s handball inside the area.
Gary Hooper than latched onto a timely Kris Commons pass to make it 3-0 and the same player was on target again to confidently poke home from 12 yards five minutes from time.
The lively Stokes wrapped up the scoring with a fine finish after receiving possession from Paddy McCourt.