Celtic news – Hooper itching for action, Mjallby recognises difficulties, Rogne: No fixture list problem

Hooper itching for action.

Celtic may be two points clear at the top of the table with 10 games remaining, yet apart from a friendly with Athletic Bilbao they have not played a fully competitive game since the 2-1 Co-operative Insurance Cup Final defeat to Rangers on March 20.

As a result, striker Gary Hooper cannot wait to get back into action on Wednesday night against Hibernian at Celtic Park: “It has felt like ages since we played, especially a league game, so everyone is desperate to get back playing football again,” he told Celtic´s official website. “It is in our hands now and we know we will do it if we win every game, which is all we are thinking about.”

Hooper added: “The next two games against Hibernian and St Mirren are big fixtures for us as they are both at home.”

Mjallby recognises difficulties.

The Hoops need to make the most of this week´s two home games as they will not be seeing much of their home ground for the rest of the season, reports the Evening Times.

Of the maximum 10 league and cup games Celtic face after Saturday´s clash with St Mirren only eight will be at home, and Johan Mjallby recognises it will be difficult to win every game.

“It is going to be hard for ourselves and Rangers to win very single game we have left,” said the Hoops Assistant Manager. “It is not as easy as people think just to go out and win games.

“I think it is still going to be there will be points dropped. But, if that is the case, we are going to have to make sure we are the team that drops the least and wins the title.”

Rogne: No fixture list problem.

Norwegian defender Thomas Rogne says he is not bothered by the fixture pile-up caused by Saturday´s late postponement at Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Speaking to the Scottish Sun he said: “We have a very big squad with lots of quality players, so it is no big deal for us. I think we will deal with it fine. We are all fit guys so I think we can do it.

“Of course it is going to be tough but, as I said, we have a big squad. That is an advantage for us.”

He added: “There would be no excuses. If that is the way it is then we just have to deal with it. We know we have got a lot of winners in the team who really want to win this title.”

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