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Football: Celtic need to keep stars, says Ledley

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Joe Ledley says Celtic can have a fantastic future if they can keep hold of their star players after the Parkhead club retained their Scottish Premier League title.

The Welsh midfielder scored to go along with a Gary Hooper double and a Georgios Samaras strike as the Hoops clinched their second successive SPL championship with a 4-1 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Celtic Park.

And stand-in skipper Ledley, who has won two titles and one Scottish Cup during his three years at Celtic, says the players at the club are hungry for more success.

"It's a fantastic achievement for the boys and we are over the moon," the Welsh international said.

"The hardest thing is going out there and winning games. When you join a club like Celtic it takes a while but then you build into it and that's all you want to do is win everything

"We're a young squad and very hungry and I think that's what you need in a team.

"We've been brilliant this season and everyone wants to win and if we don't we always have an argument as we are winners at the end of the day.

"When you are at Celtic wherever you go no matter if it is the Champions League you are always under pressure to win and that's what you want as a footballer. It's the best pressure ever.

"I think we've dealt with it fantastically well this season especially in the Champions League and domestically so hopefully we can continue it until the end of the season."

It has been a memorable season for Celtic, who reached the last 16 of the Champions League after a campaign which included a home win over Barcelona and their fist every victory away from home in the competition.

That run has attracted interest in several Celtic players and Ledley said he would be surprised if the club could hold on to all their star performers.

"There are always going to be ins and outs in football at every club but I think if we can keep most of the squad then we can go forward in the right direction," the midfielder said.

"I think we've got a fantastic team and I'm going to be very surprised if everyone stays as everyone has watched us in the Champions League and domestically and there will be interest in the majority of the players.

"But if we can just keep it together then we've got a fantastic future and Celtic will go forward and hopefully qualify for the Champions League again."

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