Hunt reveals Celtic interest

Striker says new Reading deal was always the priority

Hunt: Celtic made enquiry

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Reading striker Noel Hunt has revealed he was wanted by Celtic before signing a new contract at the Madejski Stadium.

The Republic of Ireland international ended any lingering doubts about his future earlier this week by agreeing a deal to stay with Reading until 2013.

However, before Hunt put pen-to-paper, rival Championship clubs and SPL leaders Celtic showed an interest in signing him.

Hunt, who is now fit again after a recent injury niggle, confirmed Celtic's enquiry, but insists his priority was always to stay at Reading.

"Celtic spoke to my agent about my availability, but I told him that I wanted to stay at Reading as I feel we're going in the right direction under the manager here," Hunt told the Reading Evening Post.

"I went on a few walks on my own and spoke to the people I'm closest to in football - my brother Stephen (ex-Reading winger) and Andy Griffin, and I know how lucky I am to be here.

"I'm fully fit now and raring to go. We've got 15 games to go and we're confident that we can go on a run."