CELTIC striker Gary Hooper lapped up his goal-scoring performance in the stroll over Rangers – and then moved to quell rumours he is Premiership-bound this summer.
The Hoops forward – who netted the third goal in the comprehensive 3-0 Old Firm victory at Parkhead yesterday – has been linked with a £6million move to Southampton, who have just secured automatic promotion to the Premiership.
However, Hooper has insisted that days like yesterday's, as well as the carrot of Champions League football would be enough to keep him in Glasgow.
"There are always rumours about that," said the striker. "But I have two years left on my contract, I am scoring goals and I am loving my football.
"There is a big chance for us to play Champions League football next season and that has been a personal ambition of mine for a long time.
"I loved playing in the Europa League this season and I think the game away to Udinese is one of the highlights of my career. I would love the chance to sample the Champions League now.
"I am happy playing for Celtic and yesterday just underlined that. The crowd, the atmosphere, the feeling when you score at Celtic Park – I think it is amazing."
The Englishman revealed the two defeats suffered against Rangers this season at Ibrox have rankled with the SPL champions.
And Celtic were determined not to reflect on a season in which they emerged with a losing record in clashes between the two sides.
"It is 2-2 for Old Firm games this season now and we were keen beforehand it wouldn't go to 3-1," he said.
The emphatic nature of the victory highlights Celtic's superiority at the moment.
On top for the bulk of the game, Hooper believes that the performance has answered some of their critics this season.
"A lot of people have said we can't handle big games, but I think we dominated the game and kept the ball and I don't think Rangers had many chances at all," he said.
"We just wanted to go out and make sure we won the game."