Football - Hooper sets Celtic goal target

Gary Hooper has set his sights on another Champions League campaign with Celtic despite speculation over his future.

PA Sport Report

Celtic rebuffed an offer from Hull for the striker earlier this summer after rejecting several bids from Norwich in January.

Hooper has shown little sign of extending his Celtic contract beyond next summer and was expected to move on. But with Celtic's Champions League campaign beginning in Belfast on July 17 against Cliftonville, the 25-year-old has already set himself targets for the new Scottish campaign.

Hooper, who scored 31 goals last term, told Celtic's official website: "I want to beat my tally from last season, that's the aim because I've done it every season.

"I also have to get 20 or more league goals because I didn't get it just there, I only got 19.

"I want to play in the Champions League again, get into the group stages and get that feeling again.

"I know I wasn't playing in the game against Barcelona but it was still amazing.

"We also want to retain the title as obviously the league is still our priority."

Hooper has a new strike colleague in Portuguese target man Amido Balde, who he played alongside during a 1-0 friendly defeat by Ukrainian side Sevastopol in Germany on Wednesday.

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