04 Dec Stokes still has future at Celtic, says Deila
By Craig Turnbull
Celtic boss Ronny Deila says Anthony Stokes still has a future at the club despite his two-week suspension for his Twitter outburst.
Stokes tweeted his disappointment after being left out of the squad to face Inverness CT in the Highlands and was punished for his actions.
It’s just one of a few offences the Irish striker has committed off the park and that show of insolence proved to be the final straw for Deila.
Many critics have pointed to the similarity between his outburst and Kris Commons’ in Molde but Deila says it’s the amount of offences which is the problem.
Ahead of the game against Hamilton Accies where there will be a pitch inspection, he said: “I think everybody understands it’s not about that single incident.
“There have been some issues in the past and now we feel we had to put down a marker.
“I think in the end that will be good for us and for Anthony as well after 14 days he will come back and keep on working.
“He has a future here. Of course, there are things that he needs to improve on and that’s with all the players as well.
“He has a contract at Celtic, he has a talent and we want to get the best out of that talent.
“If he didn’t have ability, he wouldn’t be here. He is a goalscorer and is a great player.”
A player who has caught the eye in the past couple of weeks for the right reasons for Celtic is Scott Allan.
The former Hibernian player has taken time to settle in at the Hoops but Deila believes they are starting to see his quality.
“He’s been unbelievably patient and worked hard every day,” he said. “He’s made a difference in the past couple of games. I think he’s ready so that’s a possibility.
“I don’t think anyone in the stadium saw the pass coming when he put through Griffiths against Ajax. It was a magic moment in my opinion and a high-quality pass.”
Deila admitted the trip to Turkey in the dead rubber against Fenerbahce caused some concern after the government issued guidelines for fans travelling to the country.
“I don’t like the situation,” he said. “I’m shocked at what happened in Paris but I know this club is very experienced in travelling.
“I know they will make the right decision. We want to play football and have a good performance so I totally trust the decisions the club will make.”