Anthony Stokes confident the goals will come for Celtic

The 26-year-old has delivered a self-assessment of his recent form and what he needs to do next.

Anthony Stokes has assured supporters he is confident of getting back among the goals for Celtic soon despite his recent form, according to the Herald.

The 26-year-old has been the subject of heavy criticism lately, both from Celtic supporters and former Bhoys star Frank McAvennie.

But Stokes himself is pleased he has been creating and getting into the right positions. He just hasn't scored...

The Celtic man is, however, confident that will change soon, drawing on past experience in terms of previous spells when things haven't 'clicked' for him.

Should he be given a chance against Dundee United in the Scottish League Cup final this Sunday afternoon, what better time to return to scoring ways?

"I haven't been outstanding since I came back into the team but I have been creating and getting into positions to score - I just haven't scored," he is quoted as saying.

"I know the goals will come. I have had spells like this before where things haven't clicked. I just need to keep my confidence up and to have enough belief in myself that next time I get an opportunity I will put it away."

Celtic face United having drawn with them in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals last Sunday. Virgil van Dijk was sent off during that clash - which ended 1-1 - but has had his red card rescinded by the SFA.

Bhoys boss Ronny Deila, meanwhile, is relishing his chance to win a first trophy in Scottish football.

The question for Stokes, though, is how much has he done to earn the chance to help Celtic get their hands on it? And what can he do if called upon?

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