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Anthony is happy at Celtic

ANTHONY Stokes is happy at Celtic and has no intention of leaving despite comments attributed to his father John describing a major rift with Bhoys boss Neil Lennon.

Stories in the Scottish media claim that Stokes is ready to slap in a transfer request after he was snubbed by Lennon for yesterday’s CIS Cup final defeat by Rangers.

But John Stokes is furious with Scottish reporters who turned up at a charity event in the Players’ Lounge yesterday and claims he was misquoted.

“I was at a function with friends in the bar and Scottish reporters turned up. I never said anything about Anthony putting in a transfer request. I’m delighted he’s at Celtic and so is he,” he said.

“We’re all Celtic supporters here and anyone who knows me understands how happy I am to see Anthony wearing the hoops. I haven’t been Anthony’s agent for four years and I have no say in what he does or doesn’t do in his career,” he added.

“I was asked how I felt about Anthony not playing in the CIS Cup final and I said ‘you’ll have to ask Neil Lennon that’.

“I think any father would say the same but because of the headlines we’ve been having over the pub, they made something more of it,” added Stokes.

Stokes, Celtic’s top scorer in the SPL, was an unused substitute in the CIS Cup final and has only played once against Rangers since he arrived at Parkhead.