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Celtic's Anthony Stokes. Photo: REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Celtic's Anthony Stokes. Photo: REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Celtic's Leigh Griffiths. Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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Celtic's Anthony Stokes. Photo: REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

ANTHONY Stokes has his mind set on scoring 100 goals for Celtic after helping the club to clinch the SPFL title.

The striker notched a double in last night's 5-1 win over Partick Thistle, his 100th and 101st goals in Scottish football, but wants to hit the tonne in hoops.

With 71 goals since signing from Hibs in August 2010, the former Falkirk and Hibs striker could reach that figures next season as the Hoops attempt to build on winning the title and make an impact in Europe.

"It's great to get 100 goals in Scotland, but it will be a bigger achievement if I manage 100 goals for Celtic," he stated. "That's my next big target.

"Obviously Scottish football is depleted slightly with Rangers out of the equation, but we can only beat what is in front of us and we enjoyed another emphatic win tonight.

"Next season we're hoping for a good run in Europe and we want to do better in the cup competitions as well.

"We've got to enjoy this success first of all, we'll move on to next season in the coming weeks."

Meanwhile, Neil Lennon is in no hurry to quit Celtic.

At the weekend he gave an interview to an English paper in which he stated that he was disappointed that he hadn't been approached about managing a club in the Premiership.

Last night, beginning his fifth year in charge of Celtic, he celebrated his third title success.

Stokes has been around for the journey under Lennon, but others such as Gary Hooper, Joe Ledley and Victor Wanyama have left for England with Lennon warming to the task of building a new team capable of reaching the knock out stages of the Champions League.

Stefan Johansen and 17-year-old Liam Henderson joined Stokes and Kris Commons on the scoresheet.

FATIGUE

Lennon showing no signs of fatigue as he joined Willie Maley, Jock Stein and Gordon Strachan in the record books of having guided Celtic to three successive titles.

"We are looking to build again, this doesn't stop, this doesn't end," the man from Lurgan, Co Armagh, stated last night in the middle of the celebrations. "We forge on. I am ambitious, I'm very ambitious, I want to take this club forward, it's a fantastic club and the players want to come with me.

"In the league I couldn't ask for anything more from the players, I think that I have some truly world class players. Virgil van Dijk has everything that you want in a modern day centre half, in Fraser Forster I have one of the greatest goalkeeper's in Celtic's history.

"The Scottish boys have been magnificent this season."

In March 2010 Lennon was the rookie caretaker drafted in in the wake of the failed Tony Mowbray experiment.

Reflecting on his own role in Celtic history he added: "It is important to me, these are personal milestones that I'll maybe take stock of later on.

"We will go on, but it's not just about domestic success, we want to be a consistent Champions League side as well."


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