Quoted on the official Celtic Twitter account, Celtic head coach Ronny Deila has clarified the situation surrounding Anthony Stokes, following his suspension by the Parkhead club earlier this week.
RD: "There have been some issues in the past and we felt we had to put down a marker, will be good for us and Anthony as well." (MH)— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) December 4, 2015
RD: "He has a future here. Of course, he has things he needs to improve on, and that's the same with all the players." (MH)— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) December 4, 2015
RD: "He has a contract at Celtic and he has a talent, and we want to get the best out of this talent." (MH)— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) December 4, 2015
RD: "We travel as we want everyone to be together and be one team. It's very important that everyone is into that." (MH)— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) December 4, 2015
Stokes was suspended by Celtic earlier this week, as confirmed by the Guardian, after ranting on Twitter about being left out of Deila’s team last weekend.
The Bhoys travelled to Inverness on Sunday to play Inverness CT, with Stokes as part of the travelling squad.
However, he was not named in the matchday selection, and was forced to sit on the sidelines watching his team.
He reacted in a frustrated manner, sending a message on the social media platform to criticise Deila’s decision to take him with the squad if he was not going to play.
Following this outburst, Stokes was suspended, and Deila has clarified that the forward was banned so he could put down a marker in his squad that poor behaviour will not be tolerated.
Deila has claimed that Stokes still has a future at Parkhead as he still has a Celtic contract, and has explained why he opted to take Stokes to Inverness - as he wanted to build the sense of unity amongst the team.
Stokes’ outburst came as no surprise given the frustrating situation he has found himself in this season, but Deila made the correct decision to suspend the forward for the unprofessional actions committed last weekend.