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Hooper hoping to hog headlines for Celtic

Gary Hooper has targeted an honour-laden end to his debut season at Celtic after being nominated in both PFA Scotland Player of the Year categories.

Hooper is in line for the top award from his fellow players as well as the young player prize, but it is silverware for his club he most craves.

Celtic lead Rangers by two points in the Scottish Premier League and face Aberdeen in Saturday’s Scottish Cup semi-final.

Hooper is also looking to overhaul Kenny Miller's tally of 21 goals to claim the accolade of SPL top scorer.

The 23-year-old has hit 15 goals in a season interrupted by two injury lay-offs, with seven games left to achieve his ambition.

Hooper said: “The main thing is winning trophies, then I would like to win both awards and hopefully go for top scorer as well.”

Hooper, who won a first call-up to the England under-21s last month before pulling out with injury, admitted he could not have imagined achieving such personal recognition when he signed from Scunthorpe for £2million in July.

“I didn't think about it when I signed for Celtic,” he said.

“I just came up to score goals and it's a bonus being nominated twice.

“I came up here to score goals, I've been doing that and the whole team are playing well and scoring goals as well.

“It's been a good season for me and Celtic and hopefully we can finish it off.”

Celtic have scored 17 goals in four games against Aberdeen this season, but Mark Wilson has warned against complacency as the Dons seek to avenge defeat in the Co-operative Insurance Cup.

“We've defeated Aberdeen every time this season and they've all been good results,” said Wilson.

“I just hope this one isn't the disappointing game out of the lot because the Scottish Cup is something we really want to win.”

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