Lennon urges Hooper to sign new deal at Parkhead

Gary Hooper CelticHere at the Football Transfer Tavern it was widely assumed that Celtic hitman Gary Hooper was set to be on the move during the recent January transfer window.

However, Norwich City saw four bids rejected for the former Scunthorpe United man and they were so confident that they could wrap up a deal for Hooper on transfer deadline day that they put a private chartered plane on stand-by at Glasgow airport.

It wasn’t needed as Hooper decided to remain in Scotland and will feature instead in the upcoming Champions League knockout tie against Juventus.

After the massive uncertainty during January, Celtic boss Neil Lennon is eager to tie Hooper down on a longer contract and prevent a similar state of affairs in the summer.

The 24-year-old has 18 months to run on his current deal with the SPL leaders but is yet to sign an improved deal on offer and that is worrying Lennon ahead of the summer.

“I will need to speak to Peter Lawwell about it but the contract is still there,” Lennon told Sky Sports.

“My advice to Gary would be to sign it. Whether he wanted to go now or in the summer.

“If the money is there in front of you from Celtic then take it.

“We had a chat with Gary in Marbella and he said: ‘Look, I want to stay’. We will look at his position in the summer.

“I don’t want to stop his progression, but we feel he has still got a lot to offer here before he moves on.

The English born striker has scored 22 times for Celtic in his 33 appearances this term and is reportedly wanting to move back to England to increase his chances of playing for Roy Hodgson’s senior international team.

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