Johan Mjallby and Adam Virgo give their verdict on Anthony Stokes' situation at Celtic


Anthony Stokes' troubles at Celtic have been analysed by two former Bhoys defenders.

Former Celtic defenders Johan Mjallby and Adam Virgo have given their verdict on Anthony Stokes' situation during interviews with the Daily Mail and The Scottish Sun respectively.

Stokes, 27, had long been a regular at Celtic under former boss Neil Lennon, but he has eventually found life much more difficult under current manager Ronny Deila.

Having initially been shoved out on the left hand side of midfield last season, Stokes has been left out for most of this season so far, playing just one league game for the Bhoys.

It's no surprise then that the Irishman's frustration has boiled over, as he posted a series of furious tweets before the recent win over Inverness, as shown by The Guardian.

Stokes has since been suspended for two weeks, as reported by The Guardian, with a January exit from Celtic seen as almost inevitable by supporters.

Now, two former Bhoys defenders have spoken about Stokes' situation, and appear to be defending the forward's actions, though believe airing his grievances on Twitter was not the way to go.

Johan Mjallby and Adam Virgo, two ex-Celtic centre halves, have told the Daily Mail and Scottish Sun respectively that they understand Stokes' opinion, but believe he could have handled the situation better.

"I understand why Stokesy is frustrated because he wants to play as much as he can," said Mjallby. "He wants to get game time and so I have all the sympathy in the world for his frustration. But it wasn’t the cleverest thing to spit it all out on Twitter. He would have been better off having a long, deep talk with the manager. There is understandable frustration from the management at the club. They will feel this should have been kept private."

"What Stokesy needs to do now is decide if it’s now in his best interests to find a club where he will get some game time. I still feel he is good enough as a player. I still think he has a lot to offer. But he is at an age where it’s time to knuckle down and get some games and get back to his best," the Swede added.

Meanwhile, Virgo added; "Trust me, Stokes is right in a way. It doesn’t matter how much money you get. When you’re training week in, week out like I was and you’re not being picked on a Saturday it’s frustrating. He will feel he deserves more of a chance. Sometimes you boil over. Where Stokes let himself down was there was still a game of football to play," he said.

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