Football - Ledley hoping Hooper will stay

Joe Ledley is not surprised about the growing speculation surrounding the future of Gary Hooper but hopes his Celtic team-mate resists the temptation to try pastures new.

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After watching his English striker grab a double in the 4-1 Clydesdale Bank Premier League win over Hearts at Parkhead to take his tally to 20 for the season, Celtic boss Neil Lennon reiterated Hooper will not be moving anywhere unless the price is right.

The Northern Irishman has already rejected an offer, reported to be about £5million, from Norwich but is bracing himself for the Canaries to make another bid before the transfer window closes.

Ledley, who is hoping to have finally shrugged off a pelvis problem which had been troubling him recently, said: "Gary is one of our main players, he links up play and scores goals so hopefully we can keep him.

"Everyone will want to sign him because of what he has done but hopefully he is happy and will stay here for a long time.

"I wouldn't be surprised if more bids came in, he is a talent and a goalscorer and he showed that.

"But the players, management and fans want him to stay.

"He has a year and a half left (on his contract) which is a long time so hopefully he can continue his form and the speculation goes out the window."

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