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Premiership glory is in our own hands - Celtic's Hooper

Celtic striker Gary Hooper says the Scottish Premier League is now theirs to lose.

The Hoops stormed back to the summit of the SPL with a comfortable 3-1 win over Hibernian last night to reclaim the spot they had lost to Rangers for the first time since Boxing Day.

With five matches remaining in the season, Celtic simply need to continue winning and then get a favourable result in the last match against 'Gers at Ibrox.

Hooper knows that the odds lie with he and his teammates despite a tight schedule which includes another three matches in the next week.

"It's in our hands now and we know we will do it if we win every game, that's all we're thinking about," he said after his match-winning brace at Celtic Park.

"The Hibs and St Mirren games this week were always going to be two big fixtures for us as they're both at home.

"Our fans are great and being on our home turf gives us an advantage.

"We're out to win every game but these two are massive for us getting back to winning ways and showing we're still strong after the cup final defeat.

"Everyone wanted to play on Saturday because it was the first game after the final but it wasn't to be and now everyone is looking forward to the game against St Mirren even more now.

"It's felt like ages since we played. Everyone was desperate to get back playing again.

"Everyone just wanted to get the cup final out of their minds and get back on the pitch to play again - but it's not the way it worked and we've had to wait for another game."

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