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  • "I had a fierce argument with my Granddad this morning about this Hooper business. He says we shouldn't be brandishing our money (which came to us by good fortune) and using it to 'rob' more good players from the poor Celtic fans.

    A lifelong socialist since the Mao days, he's got a thing about the uneven distribution of luckiness and unluckiness in society. He wants the government to study all the reasons for good luck and back luck (touching wood, St Christopher charms, breaking mirrors, walking under ladders etc) and then 'ration' them out evenly.

    He also thinks football clubs lucky enough to notch up lots of points should be have them redistributed via a progressive 'fairness points taxation' regime to the lower teams.

    I disagree but can't dispute his integrity. He hated himself so much for having a polically incorrect thought last month (albeit not one which he actually voiced) that he is now having himself sued by himself via a no-win no-fee lawyer.

    I have no idea how such a daft granddad could have such a smart nephew such as myself. Still, whilst I don't agree with him on this Hooper business, it's nice to know someone is on the Jocks' side."
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Celtic urged to fight off Saints move for Hooper



First published in Saints News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Sports Reporter

CELTIC forward Anthony Stokes hopes the club “do everything they can” to prevent his strike partner Gary Hooper leaving for Saints.

The Championship leaders have already had two bids turned down for the 23-year-old Parkhead star, with one offer estimated to be as much as £4m.

And, as reported in yesterday’s Daily Echo, Saints are considering breaking their club record transfer fee with a third approach of anything up to £6m.

Celtic were remaining tight-lipped last night about whether they had received another offer, having not responded to a request for comment by the time of going to press.

However, the club have previously insisted the player is not for sale, and Hooper himself has indicated he is happy to remain with the Scottish Premier League leaders.

The resolve of the Glasgow club’s board would be seriously tested, though, if Saints table a big new offer.

But Stokes has urged them to continue to refuse any further advances.

“I can’t talk about what the club are going to do, but from a personal point of view I would like to think they will do everything they can to hold onto him and I’m sure they will,” he said.

For full story and more Saints news, don't miss today's Daily Echo.

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