Deila accuses Stokes of disrespecting Celtic team-mates

Player rants on Twitter after being left out of squad for Celtic’s 3-1 win over Inverness

Celtic’s Anthony Stokes: “Buzzing to be brought all the way up to inverness with the team to sit in the stands today, lovely weather for it too.” Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Celtic’s Anthony Stokes: “Buzzing to be brought all the way up to inverness with the team to sit in the stands today, lovely weather for it too.” Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

 

Manager Ronny Deila accused Anthony Stokes of disrespecting his Celtic team-mates by taking to social media to complain about being left out of the squad for Celtic’s 3-1 win over Inverness at a freezing Tulloch Caledonian Stadium.

The Irishman has featured only twice for the Hoops this season and was on the bench for the Europa League clash against Ajax on Thursday due to injuries and suspensions.

Stokes was left out of the 18-man squad for the Inverness match after travelling north with the team, and he wrote on his official Twitter account: “Buzzing to be brought all the way up to inverness with the team to sit in the stands today, lovely weather for it too.” The former Hibernian forward followed it up by tweeting: “Who gives a f*** about wages when your not playing games!”

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‘Not a team player’

“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.”

Midfielder Callum McGregor, who started against Ajax only due to injuries and suspensions and scored in the 2-1 defeat, retained his place and was again on target with a fine drive from distance after seven minutes but that was cancelled out by Caley striker Miles Storey in the 39th minute.

Leigh Griffiths drove in his 19th of the season from a Kieran Tierney cross just before the hour mark and with five minutes remaining substitute Carlton Cole, making his debut, tangled with Danny Devine with the ball ending up in the net.

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