Hooper holds Hoops hope

Celtic striker Gary Hooper believes his side will be able to finish the job in their Champions League qualifier after securing a 2-1 victory over HJK Helsinki on Wednesday night (Barcelona 7/2 fav – Champions League outright).

The Scottish Premier League champions found themselves a goal behind at Parkhead but goals from Hooper and Charlie Mulgrew made sure the home side came out on top over the Finnish outfit.

Hooper was pleased with the result on home soil and believes his team will be able to finish the job in Finland next week.

He said: “We have just got to play like we did. We will not sit in and defend. We will go there and play football.

“We have enough attacking players to score goals. We are good on the counter-attack.

“I look to score in every game and if the chances come like they did in the first leg then I think we have a good chance.”

Meanwhile, Celtic will begin the defence of their SPL title, with of course no Old Firm rivals Rangers involved, when they face Aberdeen at Parkhead on Saturday (Celtic 1/5, draw 5/1, Aberdeen 9/1 Match Betting).

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