Celtic news – Hooper and Stokes head-to-head, Forrest Euro dream, Lennon looks for win over Buddies

Forrest Euro dream.

Winger James Forrest believes the current Celtic squad can go on to great things if they can just stay together.

“We have got a big squad and we have a number of relatively young players,” the 19-year-old told the Daily Express. “You only have to look at the starting line-up we used against Hibernian to see that. There is definitely scope for us to grow together.”

Forrest also believes Neil Lennon´s boys could yet develop into an outfit that could compete hard in the Champions League: “I hope we can keep the team we have right now for a few years, get back into Europe and do well there.

“That is where the club is meant to be. With our history and so on we belong there. We are all thinking about winning the league this season and going into Europe.”

Lennon looks for win over Buddies.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has emphasised the importance of winning at home when St Mirren visit Parkhead tomorrow.

The Hoops regained top spot from Rangers with the 3-1 victory over Hibernian in midweek, but Lennon knows his team cannot afford to slip up on home turf if they are to win the SPL title.

“I watched St Mirren beat Motherwell three or four weeks ago and they were impressive that night, hungry and well-organised defensively,” he told Celtic´s official website.

“They scored a good goal on the break and it was a big win for them to beat Hamilton.

“All of a sudden they seem to be finding the net. We just have to focus particularly on our home form and hammer home the three points and just keep winning the games between now and the end of the season.”

Hooper and Stokes head-to-head.

The Gary Hooper and Anthony Stokes frontline partnership has reaped dividends for the Bhoys this season, but Englishman Hooper is determined to come out on top in the goalscoring charts.

He told the club´s official website: “He is two ahead of me in total and I am one ahead in league goals. There are nine games left and I just hope I keep scoring. It has got to be about the league goals.”

Despite his brace in the midweek win over Hibernian, when Stokes was also on the scoresheet, Hooper had the chance to increase his tally but missed from the penalty spot late on. However, the competition between the two friends is certain to keep them both on their toes in the vital run-in to the season, which can only be beneficial to the Hoops´ title chances.

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