Anthony Stokes says there are no problems with Deila - but admits to 'strange season'

Celtic FC

The 26-year-old Celtic man has been discussing his current situation at the club.

Celtic forward Anthony Stokes says there are no issues with boss Ronny Deila but admits it has been a strange season for him at Parkhead, according to the Herald.

Stokes was recently internally disciplined for returning to training late and has found game time harder to come by than in the past at Celtic this term.

However, the 26-year-old says there are no issues with coach Deila:

"No, look the situation has been dealt with. It's as simple as that. I've spoken to the gaffer about it and there's no issue now."

That said, the Bhoys star admits it has been a strange season for him at Celtic Park, as there has been a greater emphasis on tracking back and working hard defensively.

Stokes also says it is far different playing out wide (on the left) as players will simply get less plaudits when they aren't scoring as many goals as someone playing centrally.

He said: "There is so much emphasis on getting back and defending and putting in the graft for the team. So it has been a bit of a strange season for me. I actually don't mind playing on the left but you never going to get the same plaudits as playing up front and scoring all the goals.

Stokes has also recently discussed the changes he has made to his game in order to adapt to boss Deila's demands.

Those changes have included losing weight in order to get fit enough to hold a place down in the current Celtic side.

His efforts have so far fallen short in terms of deflecting criticism, however, with both Bhoys fans and former Celtic star Frank McAvennie slamming Stokes of late.

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