Lennon expects Hooper to stay at Celtic

ESPN staff
December 14, 2012
Gary Hooper has been linked with a move to Premier League side Southampton © PA Photos

Celtic manager Neil Lennon believes Gary Hooper is close to agreeing a new contract.

Hooper, 24, has only 18 months remaining on his current deal and his fine form has led to speculation he could be tempted by a move back to England.

However, Lennon feels negotiations over an extension have gone well and that the striker is close to committing his future to the Scottish Premier League champions.

"I think we can get an agreement pretty soon," Lennon said in the Daily Record. "I speak to Gary once a week on it and he's comfortable with it. I hope to see Peter Lawwell in the next day or so and he'll come up with a solution. I certainly don't think we're far away."

Lennon also added that he would ideally like to make a signing or two in January.

"I'd like to add to the squad - to strengthen the left-hand side in the full-back or wide area - but, if I don't, I'm pretty happy with what I have."

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