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Stokes in furious Twitter outburst after being left out of match-day squad

The Irishman later apologised and put it down to an overreaction in the “heat of the moment”.

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Updated 19.00

ANTHONY STOKES IS not a happy camper and has thrown his toys out of the pram.

The Celtic frontman is in Inverness in the stands today as he didn’t even make Ronny Deila’s match-day squad. He has struggled for game time since Deila’s arrival – and these comments are hardly going to help his cause. Maybe he already has his eyes on a move in January?

On a miserable, wet, two-degree, day in north Scotland Stokes couldn’t contain his frustration and lashed out on social media.

 

 

Perhaps Stokes could use his time off the field to improve his command of the English language – with particular emphasis on the difference between your and you’re.

And Delia was obviously disappointed by the 27-year-old’s behaviour.

“We will handle that inside. It’s not the best way to behave for your team-mates,” he said.

“We travel every week with 20 players and the manager puts out 11 and seven on the bench and there are always two left out.

“If that is harder for him than somebody else, then for me he is not a team player. What is important with Stokesy is that he has to show the work first before he speaks and if you do that then you always have a future.

“But so far he has been more about [talking] than performances.”

Stokes later tweeted an apology for his outburst.

Celtic won the game 3-1 to extend their lead at the top of the table. Carlton Cole made his debut as a substitute just after the hour mark and he forced a comical Daniel Devine own goal, which rounded out the scoring on 86 minutes.

Callum McGregor got Celtic off to an excellent start after just eight minutes when he opened the scoring before Miles Storey responded for Cally five minutes before halftime.

Leight Griffiths then restored Celtic’s advantage with 30 minutes to play before the own goal made sure of the result.

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