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Lennon anger over Hooper talk
2:26pm Wednesday 23rd January 2013 in Sport
Neil Lennon reached the end of his tether last night with regards to ongoing speculation and discussion about the future of Gary Hooper.
Before Celtic's 4-0 Clydesdale Bank Premier League win over Dundee United at Parkhead - where the former Nigel Adkins signed Scunthorpe striker scored a double to take his tally for the season to 22 - the Northern Irishman confirmed that Hooper had turned down a contract offer.
He also revealed that the club had turned down another offer from Norwich after rejecting a bid, reported to be around £5million, for the 24-year-old last week. Saints had previously been interested under Adkins.
After the game Lennon was further quizzed about the Englishman, who has 18 months left on his current deal, and confirmed that the offer to Hooper would be coming off the table on February 1.
However, the former Celtic skipper was clearly fed up with the topic.
He said: "Norwich came in with an improved offer, if you can call it that. It was rejected immediately.
"In terms of his contract offer, that has been on the table since October.
"There has been no improvement on that offer but we feel it is a very good offer.
"I am pretty confident that on the 1st of February Gary will be a Celtic player, which is what we all want.
"I am annoyed that the rejection of the contract has come out in the last couple of days when it has been the status quo for the last three months.
"But I am not going to take any more questions on that unless the position changes. I think I have made our position pretty clear."