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Hooper: I can't wait for Europe

Gary Hooper scored five goals for the first time in his professional career in Celtic's 5-0 win over Hearts at Parkhead on Saturday then looked forward to making his mark in the Champions League next season.

The striker took his tally for the season to 29 as Neil Lennon's side confirmed their status as Scottish Premier League champions and then picked up the Golden Boot award after the game for finishing top scorer in the SPL.

Lennon will now turn his attention to the two Champions league qualifiers the Hoops need to negotiate to get to the group stages and Hooper (pictured) aims to continue his improvement in European football's elite club competition.

"My next challenge is to score six goals in one game and score more goals next season than I did this season," said the former Scunthorpe striker.

"And the Champions League is massive in anyone's career. I would love to play in it and score."

Lennon is hoping that the Celtic board will resist any summer bids for Hooper.

"I think he is happy here but I'm sure there are people out there who will pay for his talent," he said.

"He is a goalscorer, they are priceless but we want to keep him here and we will do our very best to do that.

"It was a tremendous individual performance and a great achievement."


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