Anthony Stokes has no plans to support Rangers v Celtic

Celtic Parkhead

Hibernian striker Anthony Stokes does not plan on supporting Rangers ahead of parent club Celtic in tomorrow's Scottish Cup semi-final.

Anthony Stokes has insisted that he still wants to see parent club Celtic beat bitter Old Firm rivals Rangers in tomorrow's Scottish Cup semi-final - even though it would see him miss the final.

The Republic of Ireland international, along with Hoops team-mate Liam Henderson, is at Hibernian on loan and helped this current side reach the final by beating Dundee United in a tense penalty shootout victory at Hampden Park this afternoon.

Should Celtic beat Mark Warburton's side, Stokes and Henderson would be ineligible to face their parent clubs in the showpiece next month, but the 27-year-old is adamant that he would rather sit out the final than see Rangers beat the Bhoys tomorrow.

Celtic fans will surely love the selflessness of Stokes's sentiments, though it remains to be seen if he is being genuine.

The Irishman, who joined the club in 2010, certainly has an affinity for the Hoops, but is it strong enough to make him want to miss a Scottish Cup final in the name of loyalty? Who knows.

What we do know is Stokes - who has netted four times in nine Scottish Championship starts - would be a big miss for his side at Hampden.

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