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Stokes suspended for two weeks for social media outburst

Striker turned away from training yesterday and now looks odds-on to be moving on in January.

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ANTHONY STOKES HAS been suspended for two weeks by Celtic following his rant on Twitter in the chilly Inverness stands at the weekend.

Stokes, who has been capped nine times by Ireland, was venting his frustration after being left out of manager Ronny Deila’s match-day squad.

A sarcastic Stokes initially tweeted: “Buzzing to be brought all the way up to Inverness with the team to sit in the stands today. Lovely weather for it too.”

And following a number of responses highlighting how he was still getting a healthy pay packet for watching while fans were parting with their hard-earned for the privilege, Stokes replied: “Who gives a f*** about wages when your (sic) not playing! It’s about playing and contributing, not picking up a wage.”

He later apologised for the tweets, insisting they were posted “in the heat of the moment”.

The 27-year-old Dubliner was reportedly turned away from the club’s Lennoxtown training centre yesterday and suspended for being “disrespectful to his team-mates, manager and the club’s fans”.

Stokes looks to to be coming to end of his Celtic career, as long as Deila is in charge at least.

The striker hasn’t played first-team football since August and in July the Norwegian manager told Stokes he didn’t see a future for him at the club.

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