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Celtic striker Hooper targets Barcelona

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Gary Hooper scored 29 goals last season © PA Photos
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Celtic striker Gary Hooper has outlined his ambition to one day play for Barcelona but has stressed he is happy to see out his Parkhead contract.

Hooper, who scored 29 goals last season, has two years left on his contract at Celtic and his agent has been in talks with the club this week over an improved deal.

The Englishman has been overlooked by national boss Roy Hodgson despite his prolific form, while he has recently been linked with a switch to promoted Southampton.

Hooper, 24, admits he has his sights on playing in the Premier League but is not agitating for a move at the moment.

He told the Scottish Sun: "There's no rush as I am happy at Celtic. We have the Champions League next season which I am looking forward to.

"We have the qualifiers to come and at the moment I am looking to my two years at Celtic. But one day Premier League. One day England. And then one day, Barcelona. That is the aim for me.

"We are seeing where these contract talks go but as far as I am concerned I have two years left at Celtic."

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