Brown desperate for Celtic to keep Hooper and loanee Forster

The midfielder is well aware of Premier League interest in his fellow Hoops players, but is hopeful that Champions League football will help to keep the pair at Celtic Park

Celtic captain Scott Brown has urged team-mates Gary Hooper and Fraser Forster to resist the lure of Premier League football and commit their futures to the SPL champions.

Goalkeeper Forster, on loan from Newcastle United, is reportedly stalling on a proposed £2 million move to Celtic Park over fears that remaining in Scotland may hold back his career, while top goalscorer Hooper has caught the eye of several top-flight clubs in England.

Brown has admitted he is not surprised that his colleagues have attracted attention from south of the border, but has pleaded for the pair to remain in Glasgow.

"If you're in a good team and playing well, there will always be interest in you," he told The Daily Record.

"Fraser [Forster] has a year left at Newcastle and I'd love to see him back with us but I don't know what will happen.

"Gary [Hooper] is still signed to the club and we hope he stays. There's the lure of the Premier League but we've the lure of the Champions League if we get through our qualifiers.

"So I hope he stays. He's one of those strikers you love to play with. He comes to feet, he goes over the top and can score 30 goals a season."

Brown has not been short of English admirers himself in the past, but demonstrated his commitment to Neil Lennon’s side by signing a new long-term contract in December.

He is hopeful that Forster and Hooper will follow suit, and feels that the prospect of Champions League football might be enough to persuade them to rebuff any Premier League offers.

"The Champions League is the tournament you want to be in. It's going to be hard to go down to England and experience that because you've got the big four or five teams fighting it out for places.

"England is for some people and not for others. I enjoy being at Celtic and have no intention of leaving. That's why I was delighted to sign my new deal."