Neil Lennon says Celtic"s Gary Hooper is worth 35m

Lennon only willing to let star man Hooper to go for 35m

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has slapped a 35million price tag on striker Gary Hooper to fend off the interest of Championship leaders Southampton.

The Saints have had two bids for the striker turned down for the striker who has already netted 16 goals for the SPL side.

And Lennon is not interested in selling his key striker to anyone this month, unless they stump up more than 30m.

In the goals: Gary Hooper scored his 16th goal of the season against Dundee United on Saturday

In the goals: Gary Hooper scored his 16th goal of the season against Dundee United on Saturday

Prize asset: Manager Neil Lennon has said he does not want to lose Hooper

Prize asset: Manager Neil Lennon has said he does not want to lose Hooper

Speaking after Celtic's 2-1 win over Dundee United, in which Hooper scored the opening goal.

Lennon said: 'Gary is happy here. He has good feet and is a good finisher.

'Southampton have been in for him but I don’t want to sell any of my top players. It would have to be top dollar for guys such as Gary, Ki Sung-Yeung, Beram Kayal, Emilio Izaguirre and James Forrest.

Fending off interest: Lennon said he would only consider selling Hooper for 35million

Fending off interest: Lennon said he would only consider selling Hooper for 35million

'But if I had to put a price on Gary’s head then it would be 35million. Even if we did receive a knock-out price for Gary, would we be able to replace him. Trust me, goalscorers of his calibre are not easy to find.

'We’re top of the league and that brings its own pressure. But I hope we can keep all our good players.

'I don’t want to see Gary, Kris Commons or Joe Ledley leave the club.'