Bhoys ready to talk terms

Hooper and Wanyama among those set to be offered new deals

Gary Hooper: Set to be rewarded for his fine form in front of goal

Victor Wanyama: Considered to be crucial to the Celtic cause

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Neil Lennon has revealed that Celtic's progress to the UEFA Champions League group stage will see them offer fresh terms to key personnel.

A first outing at this stage of Europe's premier club competition since 2008/09 has landed the Bhoys a welcome cash injection.

The reigning Scottish champions are planning to put those funds to good use, with there now more money in the pot for contract discussions.

Lennon has confirmed that extension talks are set to take place with those considered to be crucial to the Celtic cause, with Gary Hooper and Victor Wanyama among those the Old Firm giants are looking to sit down with.

"There will be three or four we will be looking to give improved contracts to just to reward them for their efforts," Lennon said in the Daily Record.

"Gary and Victor would certainly come into that category. We are already talking to Thomas Rogne.

"It's ongoing with him - he has a year left on his deal and he has done very well for me.

"There are a couple of other ones in the pot as well who deserve it."


Meanwhile, Lennon has revealed that club captain Scott Brown may require surgery on a hip problem which has seen him rely on painkilling injections in recent weeks and has forced him out of Scotland's 2014 World Cup qualifying double-header against Serbia and Macedonia.

He said: "Scott's not training right now. He could have played against Serbia but there's no way he could have got through the Macedonia game.

"That's where we are just now with him.

"We have six games in 23 days coming up and Scott won't play most of those. It's not career-threatening but we want to avoid surgery at this time if we can. We need to take it week by week.

"We don't want to inject him before games and it's really corrective surgery that's needed.

"It is a degenerative problem so he might need to go in, get it cleaned up and then shut down for a spell."