Ex-Saints target: I'd love to play for Barca

Daily Echo: GARY HOOPER GARY HOOPER

Celtic striker Gary Hooper has ambitions to play for Barcelona - but he is happy to see out his Parkhead contract.

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

The 24-year-old has been linked with Saints, who are managed by his former Scunthorpe boss Nigel Adkins.

Hooper hopes to play in the Barclays Premier League one day, but is not agitating for a move.

He said: "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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10:44am Fri 25 May 12

dopplershift says...

Are the echo going to report on every player we've ever been linked to? Until he pulls on the red and white he shouldn't be on the saints echo website.
Are the echo going to report on every player we've ever been linked to? Until he pulls on the red and white he shouldn't be on the saints echo website. dopplershift

10:49am Fri 25 May 12

priesters says...

That's 3 minutes of my life I can't get back. 4, now I've written this...arrrgh!
That's 3 minutes of my life I can't get back. 4, now I've written this...arrrgh! priesters

10:49am Fri 25 May 12

Over the Edge says...

Staying with the sweaty's, its his loss, let move for Jordan Rhodes, would love to see him down here, where he will only get better.
Staying with the sweaty's, its his loss, let move for Jordan Rhodes, would love to see him down here, where he will only get better. Over the Edge

10:51am Fri 25 May 12

Dave Juson says...

Having been overlooked by Saints for the last 40-odd years, I'd like to go on record as also being willing and able to play for Barca, should they call. Please note, I was a useful rush-'keeper in my day.
And, Roy Hodgson, should you be reading this: I haven't booked a summer holiday yet.
Having been overlooked by Saints for the last 40-odd years, I'd like to go on record as also being willing and able to play for Barca, should they call. Please note, I was a useful rush-'keeper in my day. And, Roy Hodgson, should you be reading this: I haven't booked a summer holiday yet. Dave Juson

2:07pm Fri 25 May 12

Jesus_02 says...

I was not that fussed about him comming to saints. Its a bit of a gamble for the money that has been touted. However I would like him to come now because I have had far too much of Celtic supporters banging on about how "massive" thier club is!

His signing would infer that we are one step closer to Barca than Celtic!
I was not that fussed about him comming to saints. Its a bit of a gamble for the money that has been touted. However I would like him to come now because I have had far too much of Celtic supporters banging on about how "massive" thier club is! His signing would infer that we are one step closer to Barca than Celtic! Jesus_02

7:04pm Sun 27 May 12

sarfhamton says...

I would like to Barcalona too, please write an article about me because I have as much chance as this guy
I would like to Barcalona too, please write an article about me because I have as much chance as this guy sarfhamton

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