Date: 20th January 2012 at 7:28pm
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Southampton manager Nigel Adkins has admitted that he will not be signing Celtic’s Gary Hooper.

The Saints have already had two bids rejected for the striker, and Adkins has realised that the Scottish league leaders will not be selling Hooper.

Speaking to BBC Scotland, Adkins said: ‘Celtic say they don’t want to sell him. So that’s it, end of story.

‘I know Gary and I’m delighted he’s doing so well. He’s a top-class striker, but we have other good strikers here, so we move on.’

It was thought that the Championship leaders were to place a third bid for the former Scunthorpe man, but Celtic boss Neil Lennon has no plan to let Hooper leave.

‘The stance hasn’t changed,’ he told the BBC.

‘The retention of all my key players is key to winning the title and Gary certainly comes into that bracket.’

 

2 Replies to “Hooper to stay at Celtic”

  • This is such a shame as I think that Hooper would’ve been perfect for us. He’s exactly what we need, but if Celtic don’t want to sell him, then there’s not a lot we can do. We need to move on and get somebody else in!

  • I agree with you there Abe. Maybe we have another target in mind but if not there is always the summer window and we will hopefully be in a better position to make a move.

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