Anthony Stokes speaks out about Dundee United penalty award against Celtic

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A Celtic player has been reflecting on a key moment from last weekend's clash.

Celtic forward Anthony Stokes has been speaking to a press conference ahead of his side’s Scottish League Cup final against Dundee United this weekend.

It will be the second time the two sides have met in quick succession, following the Scottish Cup quarter-final clash last weekend, during which Stokes was adjudged to have fouled Aidan Connolly in the box.

In comments published by Celtic’s official Twitter account, the 26-year-old said, “(I) know for a fact I haven’t touched him. (I’ve) gone to put my foot in but I’ve pulled it away.

“He was already on the way down. A strange one for me as there was no contact.”

Unfortunately for Celtic, the spot-kick was awarded and Dundee United duly scored through Nadir Ciftci.

Celtic ultimately equalised through Leigh Griffiths, after a penalty of his own had earlier been saved by United goalkeeper Radoslaw Cierzniak. And while they will have to do it all again in a replay later this month, for now they will be fully focused on tryng to win the first piece of silverware of the campaign.

It is a campaign that promises much for Celtic, but United themselves know they could achieve a cup double and having held the Bhoys last time out, they will be hoping to go one better this time round.

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