Celtic boss not about to sell any top-liners including Hooper

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has made it clear that he will be selling none of his top players this winter.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has made it clear that he will be selling none of his top players this winter.

Striker Gary Hooper has been the subject of two bids from Championship leaders Southampton whilst a handful of other key players have attracted interest from England and elsewhere but Lennon is not in the mood for his squad to be pillaged.

"Gary is happy here. He has good feet and is a good finisher. I'm delighted he got his goal today,” he said in the wake of Celtic’s 2-1 win over Dundee United on Saturday.

"Southampton have been in for him but I don't want to sell any of my top players. It would have to be top dollar for guys such as Gary, Ki Sung-Yeung, Beram Kayal, Emilio Izaguirre and James Forrest.

"But if I had to put a price on Gary's head then it would be £35million. Even if we did receive a knock-out price for Gary, would we be able to replace him. Trust me, goalscorers of his calibre are not easy to find.

"We're top of the league and that brings its own pressure. But I hope we can keep all our good players.

"I don't want to see Gary, Kris Commons or Joe Ledley leave the club."

 
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