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Anthony Stokes reflects on Rangers scalp

On-loan Celtic man Anthony Stokes scored twice for Hibernian versus Rangers on Saturday.

Quoted by Inside Futbol, striker Anthony Stokes revealed that he heard some critics 'piping up' regarding his talent, prior to inspiring Hibernian to Scottish Cup victory over Rangers at Hampden Park on Saturday.

The 27-year-old marksman - on loan from Rangers Old Firm rivals Celtic - did his parent club a big favour by helping to deny their Glasgow neighbours a third bit of silverware in the 2015-16 campaign.

The Irishman opened the scoring at Hampden within just three minutes of kickoff in a goal which rocked big pre-game favourites Rangers, before equalising to make it 2-2 with 10 minutes left in what proved a huge contribution to the cause yesterday.

David Gray then went and grabbed a stoppage-time winner as Hibs beat Rangers in dramatic fashion to clinch their first Scottish Cup title in 114 years.

Stokes had been a vital player at Celtic in recent years, but considering he was now at a Scottish Championship side, it would be fair to say things have not gone to plan recently, prompting suggestions about his capacity to score goals.

But the former Sunderland striker answered such questions against Rangers, and the hitman was duly delighted with his performance.

"Yes I did [use today to answer my critics]", the on-loan Celtic man said on BBC Scotland following the Rangers scalp, quoted by Inside Futbol. "I heard a couple of people pipe up before the game, ex-players and that.

"Listen, I've never doubted my own ability. It's down to me to perform and I did that today."

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