Celtic star Leigh Griffiths labels Anthony Stokes' Scottish Cup final performance as outstanding

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The Hoops forward spent the latter half of last season out on loan with Hibernian.

Anthony Stokes celebrates after scoring the first goal for Hibernian

Leigh Griffiths has heaped praise on Celtic teammate Anthony Stokes and claimed that his performance in the Scottish Cup final was outstanding, the Evening Times reports.

After making just two appearances in all competitions during the first half of this past campaign, the 27-year-old left the Scottish Premiership side for Hibernian on loan. 

And after enduring a mixed spell at Easter Road, Stokes sent a major message to his parent club during the final with Rangers as he scored twice to help Hibs on their way to a 3-2 victory. And Griffiths was hugely impressed by his performance at Hampden Park.

Anthony Stokes scores the first goal for Hibs

"Everybody said he was playing poorly for Hibs but you saw what he was capable of in the final," he told the Evening Times.

"He scored two goals while there was a stat saying he had more chances himself than the whole Rangers team.

"I thought he was outstanding and he deserved his man of the match award."

Celtic's Anthony Stokes celebrates scoring their third goal

With one of the major criticisms of Ronny Deila's tenure being the style of play that was sometimes on show, Brendan Rodgers may be more inclined to play two up front to try and create a more exciting brand of football. 

And while Griffiths' form would surely make him one of the first names on the teamsheet next term, there is arguably a place up for grabs alongside him in the side.

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Though Stokes' form in the Scottish Championship may not fill the new Bhoys boss with a huge amount of confidence, the fact that he shone on the big stage could give him the belief to give him a chance, especially as he will be looking to lead the side to success on several fronts next term. 

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