Gary Hooper, FC Celtic
Scottish League : Celtic 4 - 1 Inverness
FC Celtic celebrated their 2012 - 2013 Scottish Premier League Championship win after the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League match between Celtic and Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Celtic Park Stadium on April 21, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland.
Celtic next face Hibernian in the upcoming Scottish Cup Final clash at Hampden Park in Glasgow on Sunday, May 26th. Great seats are still available for the mouth-watering match.
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Celtic's popular boss Neil Lennon is sure that his leading goalscorer Gary Hooper will remain at Celtic next season, despite speculation over his future.
However, Hooper turned down Celtic's final offer of a contract extension in January. Hooper joined Celtic from Scunthorpe for £2.4m.
"My preference would be to give Gary a new contract and keep him around for a bit longer," Lennon said. "My gut feeling is that he'll stay."
"He's our leading goalscorer and it's not just the volume of goals he gets, it's the important ones," said Lennon. "When you really need a goal he pops up with the important one. It's pivotal that he stays.
"Our policy has been to bring these young boys in, develop them and sell them on.
"We've got plenty of assets in the team for the first time in a long time, but off the back of what we did in the Champions League, I don't think there's the pressure on the board to have to sell."
Lennon commented on the lack of competition from the Rangers.
"This one gets brought up a lot," said Lennon. "There's no doubt that the fans missed the edge, the to-ing and fro-ing between both sets of fans, but in terms of competition, in my time, this is the eighth championship I've won as part of the club and five of those were won by 17 or more points with Rangers in the league.
"The only time it's been close is when it's gone to the final day of the season with Rangers, but the fans definitely miss that edge between each other.
"It's never easy, but for me it would denigrate what the players have done if I said it was easier. It's not easier at all.
"I suppose what everyone misses is when the results come in and you've had your result and you look over to see what's happened across the road.
"But as far as we were concerned, we knew what we were facing going into the season and we had to get on with it."
Celtic won their second Scottish Premier League title in a row with a home 4 -1 win over Inverness. Celtic finished the season with 72 points ahead of Motherwell with 57 points and Inverness with 51 points.
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