Neil Lennon hopes to keep Gary Hooper

Lennon hopes to keep Hooper
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Celtic boss Neil Lennon admits that he hopes to keep Gary Hooper at the club.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has admitted that he hopes to keep Gary Hooper at the club.

The striker has been linked with a move away from the SPL side, with a number of Premier League teams thought to be interested in the 23-year-old.

"I don't need to speak to the board, they know my position. Everyone has their price. We are not a selling club but everyone has their price," said Lennon.

"The problem is if we get a knockout price, will we have time to replace someone like Gary Hooper? Trust me, they are hard to find.

"I have spoken to Gary, I am keeping him up to date. I think he is very happy here. I think Celtic and Gary suit each other, he is a Celtic type of player, strong, great finisher, great feet and his goal record speaks for itself."

The Bhoys are currently top of the SPL table after Saturday's 2-1 win against St Johnstone.

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