Anthony Stokes claims Celtic manager Ronny Deila did not rate him, but vows to return to Parkhead stronger next season

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The 27-year-old has left the Scottish Premiership leaders for Hibernian on loan until the end of the season.

Anthony Stokes has claimed that his lack of first-team opportunities at Celtic was down to Ronny Deila not rating him highly enough, The Scottish Sun reports.

The 27-year-old has rejoined Scottish Championship side Hibernian on loan until the end of the season, having made just two appearances for the Hoops in all competitions this term.

And while Stokes admitted that he struggled to win the Norwegian over, he insisted that he plans to return to Parkhead at the end of his loan spell and begin the fight for a place in the side once again.

"I spoke to Ronny Deila on a regular basis, but he obviously doesn't rate me as a player because if he did I would still be in the team," he said, as reported by The Scottish Sun.

"I am coming to Hibernian with the intention in my mind of getting back enjoying my football, getting as fit as I possibly can and scoring goals.

"I just want to help the team as much as I possibly can over the next few months. You always have to keep positive and always keep that bit of hope.

"I have every intention of going back to Celtic next year and trying to get back into the team.

"Celtic are the club that I want to stay at, so it's as simple as that."

While Leigh Griffiths' form has been sensational this season - thus making it unsurprising that Stokes has not started many games - it is slightly difficult to understand why the forward has not been given a chance in the Hoops side since August. He has scored 58 league goals in 135 games for the Bhoys, so could surely be relied upon to find the back of the net.

But with Stokes determined to win Deila over, he will be hoping that he can rediscover the form that he showed at Easter Road between 2009 and 2010.

His 22 goals in 40 league games persuaded Celtic to sign him, and if he can achieve a similar strike rate during this loan spell - and perhaps even deny Rangers automatic promotion back to the Premiership - then Deila may find it very difficult to continue to overlook him.

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