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Juventus' Conte lavishes praise on Celtic's Hooper - 'He could excel in Italy'

Juventus manager Antonio Conte believes Celtic hitman Gary Hooper could be a success in the Italian Serie A.

As the Old Lady gets set to face the Bhoys in the Champions League Round of 16 at Celtic Park on Tuesday night, Conte spoke highly of Hooper as well as some of his teammates, suggesting he is not taking the Scottish champions lightly.

"They have good players throughout the team," said Conte.

"The heart and soul of it seems to be Scott Brown. Alongside him is Victor Wanyama who, as well as being technically good, has an impressive physique.

"Gary Hooper up front is a player who could excel in our championship in Italy. He is a very fast player, who attacks the spaces very well and is a good finisher.

"Georgios Samaras attacks the spaces well and is another who has an imposing physique, as well as being technical.

"I like Kelvin Wilson and the goalkeeper Fraser Forster, who is a very young player with a very good future.

"Celtic are not unknown to us and we have certainly not underestimated them.

"Not many teams could beat Barcelona at home and lose just narrowly to them away from home.

"I can promise you, we've got great respect for Celtic."

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