Hooper rules out Saints switch


Cletic striker Gary Hooper has dismissed rumours linking him with a move away from Celtic Park in January – saying: ‘I don’t want to go anywhere’.


Numerous clubs have been linked with a move for the Englishman, most prominently Southampton, with Bhoys boss Neil Lennon confirming the Scottish club had already turned down a ‘couple of offers’ for the 23-year-old.


However, Hooper insists he is happy to remain in Glasgow for the foreseeable future, and says his focus remains on ensuring Celtic beat Rangers to the SPL title this season.


“I’m very happy,” he told Celtic’s official website.


“I’m back playing now and scored at the weekend (against Dundee). It was good to be back in the team.


“I don’t want to go anywhere. I’m a Celtic player and very happy here, winning games for Celtic and we’re two points clear at the top of the league just now. I’m just focusing on football - training, playing and scoring goals – that’s my job.”


Hooper has bagged 16 goals this season, and Adkins was claimed to be hoping to add to his strikers in order to galvanise their position at the top of the Championship, identifying Hooper as the ideal man having worked with him at Scunthorpe.


Saints boss Nigel Adkins confirmed his admiration for Hooper, telling BBC Radio Solent: “Gary is an exceptionally good footballer who I know from before.


"We'll try and do our talking in quiet. Our endeavour is to bring another striker into the football club.


"Obviously if Neil is going to say another club has come in with a bid then I am not going to go against what another manager is saying."


Hooper’s comments come as the BBC report that the South Coast club are set to make an improved offer for Hooper’s services, although Lennon remains adamant that it would take ‘silly money’ to lure Hooper away from Celtic Park.

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