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Sheppard's not so keen on trial runs

IRELAND U21 star Karl Sheppard will listen to offers from foreign clubs before making up his mind on his next move, but the Shamrock Rovers star is not keen to go on trials with British clubs.

Ex-Everton man Sheppard is in demand after a fine season with Rovers when he scored 15 goals.

"I have been on trials when I was a lot younger but I don't see that happening in the near future," said Sheppard, who has been tracked by Championship sides Peterborough United and Sheffield United.

"I'm still only 20 and to me a trial would be a last resort.

"My contract is up now and hopefully I have done enough for Shamrock Rovers to offer me a new deal but I'll see what other options are out there.

"I'm pleased with how the season, and the group stages of the Europa League especially, went for me.

"I'll put my feet up over the winter and see what happens. I can't pay too much attention to the speculation, that's for other people to worry about."



Hooper eager to extend stay at Parkhead

Gary Hooper is keen to extend his stay at Celtic.

The 14-goal striker has 18 months remaining on his current contract with the Parkhead club and he holds an option for a further year.

However, Hooper, who turns 24 next month, has given a clear message to Hoops chief executive Peter Lawwell and manager Neil Lennon that he wants to discuss a longer deal.

Hooper said: "I would be keen to talk. I'm just here to score goals and to win games. But I would be happy to stay and sign a contract. I couldn't be happier in Glasgow."

Hooper, a £2.4million buy from Scunthorpe in the summer of 2010, scored 22 goals last season and netted in Thursday night's 1-1 Europa League draw against Udinese in Italy.

"I feel I've improved as a player at Celtic because I am more of the type to get on the ball now and create things, as well as scoring as many as I can," he said.

"I'm still learning things every day from the people here. I didn't know if I'd settle in so quickly, but I also didn't realise just how big Celtic was until I got here.

"I settled in well by scoring early goals and the supporters have helped because they have been great with me."


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