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Glasgow Celtic's Gary Hooper Photo by: Google Images

Glasgow Celtic’s Gary Hooper goes goal crazy at Parkhead

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Glasgow Celtic's Gary Hooper Photo by: Google Images

Glasgow Celtic celebrated a stunning Parkhead success as Gary Hooper amazingly bagged five goals during an emphatic win over Hearts.

A first half hat trick from Hooper had Celtic in control and further damage was inflicted after the restart by Neil Lennon's rampant team.

Inevitably Hooper occupied a central role in the victory adding two more as Celtic finished the season of in style much to the delight of Lennon.

“We can reflect on what we have achieved now. It´s a fantastic feeling. I´m delighted for the players and supporters and I was delighted with the performance. It was a fitting way to end the season. The supporters were in good voice. It was a great day for the club.

"I wanted them to finish the season on a high and wanted them to play entertaining football and win the game handsomely and I got all that.

"We have been pretty much flawless since October in the league. We had a couple of defeats along the way but the quality and intensity in the play for a good four or five months was excellent. We have broken the clean sheet record.

"I think we just fell short today of one goal of what we scored last year. We have the best disciplinary record in the country and we have won the league by 20 points so that ticks all the boxes for me."
Lennon praised Hooper's classy contribution too. "It was a tremendous individual performance and a great achievement. I think that took him to 24 league goals. He´s a special player and I´m delighted that he´s fulfilling all the talent we think he has.

"He´s happy here. Obviously there will be people out there who would pay for his talent and his goals. He´s a goalscorer. They are priceless in the game. But we want to keep him here and will do our very best to do that."

The Celtic boss was also keen to acknowledge Celtic's loyal followers. "I just wanted to say thank you to them because week-in, week-out, they have created a great atmosphere. They sing non-stop, they add colour. Sometimes they are a little bit controversial but in the main they have behaved themselves impeccably.

"They have changed the culture of the stadium. It´s a fun place to come for supporters and the atmosphere over the last two years in some of the big games has been fantastic and they have been the catalyst for that.

"The noise, the singing, the pride – it's all there now. I´m delighted with that. It was missing for a few years and I think more than anything, the fans have their pride back."

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