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    ghk230473 wrote:
    Don't wish to slag off Celtic as they are a well supported club and almost a religion in jock land. Would like hooper as the interest generated speaks volumes, he must be half decent and he is at an ideal age. More importantly this episode proves to me that saints are willing to part with money and are taking our challenge for promotion seriously. Also I'm glad to hear the weekly wage will rise. Interesting points from Celtic fans regarding tv rights and is proof how it has changed football and not all good.
    celtic and rangers is all about religion and their inabillity to seperate football from it, death threats bullets in the post and parcel bomb's thats the way of those two teams, another reason why they will never get into the EPL and remain a third world league.
    Sun Sun (as in not hail) down here"
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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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