Stokes in the fire af­ter Twit­ter rant be­fore game

The Herald - Sport - - FOOTBALL - MATTHEW LIND­SAY

RONNY DEILA last night ac­cused An­thony Stokes of not be­ing a team player af­ter he tweeted his un­hap­pi­ness about be­ing left out of the Celtic squad be­fore kick-off in the In­ver­ness Cale­do­nian This­tle match.

Stokes, the Repub­lic of Ire­land in­ter­na­tional who last played for the Scot­tish cham­pi­ons back in Au­gust, later apol­o­gised for his out­burst on the so­cial net­work­ing web­site.

He wrote: “Sorry for ear­lier Tweet. Hope fans can ap­pre­ci­ate my frus­tra­tion, heat of the mo­ment.”

How­ever, Deila, whose side won 3-1 to move seven points clear at the top of the Ladbrokes Premier­ship, was un­happy with the ini­tial posts and told the player he needs to work harder in train­ing to fea­ture in his side.

“It is dis­re­spect­ful to the other boys,” he said. “Ev­ery week we travel with 20 play­ers. The man­ager puts out 11, seven on the bench and there are al­ways two left out. If that’s harder for him than some­one else, then for me that’s not a team player. It is not the best way to be­have for your team­mates.”

Asked if Stokes would be dis­ci­plined by Celtic, Deila replied: “Life is not about pun­ish­ment. It’s about re­act­ing to your val­ues. I will talk to him about it. What’s im­por­tant for Stokes is that he has to show the work first be­fore he speaks. If you do that, you al­ways have a fu­ture. But so far, it’s been more talk­ing than per­for­mances.

“Does he have a bad at­ti­tude? I wouldn’t say that. I will say that it’s about the team and you have to stand be­hind the team. I don’t think that was a good thing.”

John Hughes, the In­ver­ness man­ager, felt his side per­formed well for long spells of the match, but had lacked ruth­less­ness up front.

“I felt for 60 min­utes we were ev­ery bit as good as them and matched them,” said Hughes. “They knew there would be a lit­tle bit of fa­tigue in there and we had to be on the front foot.

“We gave them a goal of a start, got our­selves back in the game, then I felt for 60 min­utes we were in the game.

“We played some real good foot­ball, but needed to be a wee bit more cut­ting in the fi­nal third. I’m re­ally dis­ap­pointed with the sec­ond goal we con­ceded. I think ev­ery­body could see we are a good foot­ball side, we just need to get back to win­ning ways.”

UN­HAPPY: An­thony Stokes sat in the stand to watch the game af­ter be­ing left out of the Celtic squad

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