Celtic news – Hoops in for Wanyama, Given open to move, Hooper looking forward

Hooper looking forward.

Striker Gary Hooper is already looking forward to next season and bringing more trophies to Celtic Park.

The former Scunthorpe United man joined the Hoops last summer and capped a fine debut season with 22 goals in all competitions to become the club´s top scorer, and he is delighted with his own contribution.

“Everyone is here to win trophies, and we’ve done that,” Hooper told Celtic´s Official Website. “Now we’re looking forward to next season and hopefully winning more trophies.

“The Scottish Cup was the last trophy of the season and it means a lot to have won it. It was a good performance from the team and it’s also a massive confidence boost. We also wanted to win it for everyone involved with Celtic, but especially for the gaffer after everything he’s been through.”

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Hoops in for Wanyama.

According to Sky Sports News, Celtic and Rangers are both ready to make late bids for the signature of highly-rated midfielder Victor Wanyama.

The Kenyan international, younger brother of Inter Milan´s McDonald Mariga, currently plays for Belgian club KFC Germinal Beerschot and has been attracting interest from the likes of Hannover, Werder Bremen, Aston Villa and Newcastle United.

However, Standard Liege are thought to have struck a deal to keep Wanyama in Belgium, although no deal has been finalised, and this could allow the Old Firm rivals to swoop.

Wanyama has made four appearances for the Kenyan national team since making his debut aged just 15 in May, 2007 in a friendly with Nigeria.

Given open to move.

Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given has refused to rule out a possible move to Celtic, reports the Irish Times.

The 35-year-old has been unable to dislodge Joe Hart from the No 1 spot at Eastlands this season and is desperate for first-team football at this stage of his career.

Given, who spent three years in Celtic´s youth side in the early 1990´s, said: “It’s no secret I’m a big Celtic supporter and have been all my life. I don’t know what their goalkeeping situation is but Fraser Forster had a very good season and there has been talk of him moving.”

Asked if it would be a step down, he said: “Not if you’re playing with Celtic, it’s not. It´s a fantastic club with fantastic supporters and an unbelievable history, so I wouldn’t look on it as a step down.”

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