Deila: I want to keep 'talented' Anthony Stokes despite Leeds speculation

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Celtic boss Ronny Deila says he does want to keep Anthony Stokes at the club.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has hinted to the club's official Twitter account that forward Anthony Stokes does have a future at the club despite recent speculation surrounding his future.

Stokes, 26, was a regular under Deila in the first half of the season, mostly playing out on the left hand side of midfield, but since the arrival of Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong from Dundee United in January, the Irishman has found first team football hard to come by.

Stokes has played just ten times in 2015, becoming something of a forgotten man at Celtic despite being a starter in the first half of the campaign.

Now, transfer speculation surrounds Stokes, whose lack of action in recent months could well suggest that Celtic are considering a summer exit for the former Arsenal striker.

The Daily Mail believe that Leeds United and MLS side Colorado Rapids are ready to make summer bids for Stokes to end his frustration in Glasgow, with Celtic willing to take the money and reinvest in other areas of the team.

However, manager Deila spoke to the press today ahead of the final day of the season clash against Inverness on Sunday, and says that he does want to keep Stokes - even though he hasn't been selected much in recent months.

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