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Stokes says being 'ruthless' in key area is crucial to Celtic title hopes

Celtic striker Anthony Stokes has called for the side to be ruthless up front.

Celtic striker Anthony Stokes has told the club’s website where he feels the team can secure another Scottish Premier League title.

Stokes is pleased with the recent performances of the attack and has suggested that area of Ronny Deila’s squad holds the key for the side’s title chances this season.

“I think we’ve been playing reasonably well and perhaps there have been some games where we have won maybe 1-0 or 2-0 but we have been creating chances,” he said.

“Even against Motherwell recently we won 4-0 but it could have been six or seven. So we are creating chances and in the last few games they have started to go in and we just need to keep being ruthless in front of goal.”

Manager Ronny Deila will be pleased as long as the attack are giving the side chances to score and turn important games into victories and points.

The situation would be far more concerning for the Bhoys if they weren’t playing effectively up front and were drawing or losing games, without making the most of the chances they are creating.

It’s important that Deila steps up and ensures that there isn’t any complacency creeping into the performances of his best attacking players.

He will be slightly concerned of that in his team, because attackers could have a lazy mentality to converting chances when they are getting so many of them.

Where Deila will be pleased is that Stokes seems to represent a cut-throat mentality running through the team at the moment.

He seems to embody the idea that for 90 minutes, a match is never comfortable, with an eagerness existing to score as many goals as possible.

That sends out a threatening message to the club’s rivals, which will cause more than a few nerves from other teams in the title run-in.

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