Neil Lennon confident of Gary Hooper stay at Celtic

Lennon confident of Hooper stay
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Neil Lennon insists that Gary Hooper will remain at Celtic until the end of the season at least.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon is confident that striker Gary Hooper will not leave the club in January.

The 24-year-old, who scored twice in the Hoops' 4-0 home victory over Dundee United in the Scottish Premier League on Tuesday, has been linked with a Premier League move this month.

"He will be a Celtic player come February 1, I'm pretty sure about that," Lennon told BBC Sport. "I don't see any reason why he should be in a rush to go just yet and I don't think he wants to.

"He's one of the best players of his age in Britain at the moment. I think he's just getting better and his performance tonight again was of a fantastic level.

"He's just a great player and we want him here. He enjoys it, he knows the environment, he's well-respected by the players and he's enjoying his football at the minute."

Hooper has scored 13 goals in 19 league appearances this season.

Celtic forward Gary Hooper celebrates a goal against Dundee United on January 22, 2013
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