Anthony Stokes comments on his relationship with Ronny Deila

Anthony Stokes scores the first goal for Hibs

Anthony Stokes is back at Scottish Premiership side Celtic after a loan spell at Scottish Championship outfit Hibernian.

Anthony Stokes scores the first goal for HibsAnthony Stokes scores the first goal for Hibs

Celtic striker Anthony Stokes has told The Scotsman that he has respect for departed manager Ronny Deila.

Deila has left Celtic after two seasons in charge of the Scottish Premiership outfit.

The Norwegian did not fancy Stokes, who was sent out on loan to Scottish Championship outfit Hibernian in the January transfer window.

Anthony Stokes (R) scores the second goal for HibernianAnthony Stokes (R) scores the second goal for Hibernian

The Republic of Ireland international striker is now back at Celtic, and he has suggested that he has no hard feelings about Deila.

Stokes has suggested that he liked the way Deila spoke to him directly about his plans.

“The first season under Deila I thought I did all right,” Stokes told The Scotsman. “I had plenty of assists and scored ten goals playing mainly on the left.

“I was happy enough, but it just came down to the fact we didn’t see eye to eye. That is the truth of the matter and everybody knows that. I had no issue with him whatsoever.

“He was always very straight speaking and I respect that with people. I respect people who sit down and tell you
as it is.”

Anthony Stokes celebrates with teammates after scoring the first goal for HibernianAnthony Stokes celebrates with teammates after scoring the first goal for Hibernian

Stokes will hope to impress new Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers in pre-season. The former Arsenal prospect did well during his loan spell at Hibernian, and he will be keen on playing regularly for the Bhoys during the 2016-17 campaign.

The Republic of Ireland international striker is a good and experienced player, and former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers should give him a chance.

Celtic will be aiming to win the Scottish Premiership title and progress to the group stage of the Champions League next season, and they do need players with experience.

Anthony Stokes celebrates after scoring the first goal for HibernianAnthony Stokes celebrates after scoring the first goal for Hibernian

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