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HOOPER ENJOYING CELTIC LIFE

Gary Hooper has said that he is enjoying with playing in Celtic. The Parkhead striker believes Neil Lennon’s side have taken a great deal of heart from their performance the last time the two clubs clashed.

Despite being reduced to 10 men in the first-half at Ibrox, when goalkeeper Fraser Forster was sent packing for bringing down Steven Naismith, Celtic emerged with a 2-2 draw.

And Hooper says the way they managed to dominate Rangers with a man less is fresh in the Celtic players’ minds as they prepare for this weekend’s SPL encounter.

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FORREST SIGNS NEW DEAL

James Forrest has signed a new deal with Celtic and he is one of the promising youngsters at the club. The 19-year-old, a product of the Celtic Youth Academy, made his first-team debut against Motherwell towards the end of last season, and he found the back of the net in a 4-0 success.

The youngster been an important part of manager Neil Lennon's squad this term and scored one of Celtic's four goals in the victory over Hearts on Wednesday.

So far, James has made 15 first-team appearances, scoring four goals, and his wing play has thrilled Celtic's success-hungry fans.

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CELTIC WIN AGAINST BERWICK

Celtic cruised to yet another win in the Scottish league against Berwick Rangers. The former Arsenal man’s first appearance in the famous hooped shirt is unlikely to live long in the memory but he promised that better is to come from him and his new team-mates.

“I’ve never experienced anything like it,” said the 32-year-old. “The local community deserve credit for getting the pitch playable but it was icy but you get on with it and I’m just glad that there isn’t a replay because we have enough games already.

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CELTIC INTERESTED IN ROSARIO

Celtic have been told that they should secure paperwork before they hand a trial to De Rosario. The Canadian international's club and MLS say Celtic did not have permission for De Rosario to train with them and were surprised to learn he had done so.

MLS say Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell told them that the player and his agent said they had permission.

The league will now work with Celtic "to secure the proper paperwork".

Celtic manager Neil Lennon was expecting the 32-year-old to train at the club's Lennoxtown base for a week.

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CELTIC LINK UP WITH MEXICAN CLUB

Scottish club Celtic have formally signed an agreement with the Mexican club Santos Laguna to form a partnership. Under the agreement, the clubs would hope to transfer knowledge on coaching, players, football academies and perhaps eventually swap first-team players.

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell said: "We have have an excellent relationship with Santos Laguna.

CELTIC INTERESTED IN KAPO

Celtic are interested in signing Oliver Kapo according to reports. The Frenchman was released by the Latics last summer.

The 30-year-old is a free agent and has recently been training under his former manager Steve Bruce at Sunderland. Bruce signed the former Auxerre and Juventus star when manager of Birmingham City and a the DW Stadium.

It seems that the Black Cats boss is less keen to make it three signings in a row and Kapo has now held talks with Celtic boss Neil Lennon about a possible three-year deal.

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MURPHY TARGETS TROPHIES

Daryl Murphy has set his sights for all the trophies on offer this season with Celtic. Neil Lennon's Bhoys have already been knocked out of Europe but they have made a stunning start to the domestic campaign, winning all five of their SPL matches.

Celtic entertain Inverness in the third round of the Co-operative Insurance Cup on Wednesday night and Murphy is targeting success. "I think every competition we're left in now, especially the league, we are looking to win," said the 27-year-old, who joined from Sunderland this summer.

STOKES ANTICIPATING CELTIC ARRIVAL

Celtic new boy Anthony Stokes says he has arrived at the club a more mature player after completing a transfer deadline day move.

Stokes put pen-to-paper on a four-year deal at the Glasgow giants following a reported £1.2million switch from SPL rivals Hibernian.

The deal has brought the 22-year-old to Parkhead three years after turning down the Old Firm club, who made overtures for the Irishman in 2007.

Stokes opted to join Sunderland instead, but after a punctuated spell in England, has finally made his way to Celtic.

CELTIC KEEN ON JAMES

Celtic have shown their interest in England international David James and are keen to sign him according to Lennon. Lennon has Pole Lukasz Zaluska and American Dominic Cervi but wants a major figure to compensate for the loss of Boruc, who has left for Fiorentina.

"We are still a long way off and it's early days in terms of negotiation," said the Celtic manager.

James' former club Portsmouth have withdrawn an offer they made in May.

The 39-year-old goalkeeper made 138 appearances for Pompey and, according to club administrator Andrew Andronikou, wanted to be their player-manager.

CELTIC CHASE LEDLEY

Celtic are edging closer to landing highly-rated Welsh midfielder Joe Ledley. The Cardiff City ace has visited the club’s Lennoxtown training complex and is in talks over a Bosman move, according to reports.

Ledley, valued at around £5 million, has been attracting the attention of several clubs in the English Premier League, with Celtic’s Glasgow rivals Rangers also having been linked with the player.

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