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Celtic update - Anthony Stokes stronger, Scott Brown among the best

Here's the latest on Celtic, including praise for Scott Brown from Hearts boss Gary Locke, and latest on Anthony Stokes' contract.

Striker Anthony Stokes has said that having to sit out Celtic’s European campaign last season has made him a stronger player.

Stokes, who played a major part in the Champions League play-off win against Shakhtar Karagandy to get the Hoops to the group stage, told the club’s website about how he hopes he can be part of memorable European Cup run this season:

'Last year was disappointing with my injury but I worked hard in my rehab last year and am happy enough with my form since I came back.

'I was disappointed last year but I was delighted for the lads and the way they conducted themselves – they were outstanding. And I am just hoping I can contribute something to that this year'

The Glasgow Evening Times reports, however, that the striker has yet to sign a contract extension that was offered to him at the end of last season.

The Herald reports that Hearts boss Gary Locke has also hailed Celtic's Scott Brown has one of the best midfielders in Britain as the Scottish Champions travel to Tynecastle this weekend.

Locke said Brown ‘ran the show’ when Scotland played England at Wembley and has impressed in the latest round of international fixtures when he captained his country against Belgium and Macedonia.

'I think he’s a fantastic player. I played against him when he was younger, but now you can see, going into games injury-free, he’s a top player and certainly someone that we’ll need to be wary of', he said

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