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Celtic open Hooper contract talks

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Celtic have opened talks over an improved contract for striker Gary Hooper.

Manager Neil Lennon revealed Celtic had begun discussions to keep hold of the 24-year-old Englishman, who has been linked with a move to Premier League newcomers Southampton after scoring 29 goals last season.

Lennon told STV: "We had a preliminary meeting with his agent last week and it was very cordial. It went very well and we made it clear that we want Gary to stay.

"Gary likes it here and he's happy here. He's had such a good season and he's such a good player that no doubt there'll be clubs in for him, but we'll try and resist all offers that come our way.''

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