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Stokes jumps to Bhoys defence after draw

Anthony Stokes took to Twitter to defend Celtic's 1-1 draw at Ross County.

The striker opened the scoring in the fourth minute but a wonder goal from Iain Vigurs just before the break meant that for the third time this season Celtic had failed to win at the newly promoted club.

Neil Lennon gave Fraser Forster, Charlie Mulgrew, Gary Hooper and Georgios Samaras a week's holiday but after six away matches without a win some Celtic fans are getting concerned with the Scottish Cup final against Hibs just three weeks away.

"Some people need to get a grip," Stokes tweeted.

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"We played well first half, second half against the breeze and on a pitch like that's it's very difficult!!

"Just saying it as I saw it, thought the first half was good from us! Anyway looking forward to lifting the cup (SPL trophy) at the weekend and cup final!!

"Anyway I can see it from a fans' point of view but it's not a lack of effort trust me!"

Celtic started the match impressively but failed to build on Stokes' early strike, although they should have gone into the interval 2-1 up after a Tony Watt effort was wrongly disallowed for offside.

"It is always annoying when we don't win," assistant manager Johan Mjallby said. "I'm at a club where you are always expected to win trophies and games. I played here for nearly six years and got that mentality.

"We're not proud of our away form, we were confident of putting in a good performance and getting three points even though our opponents were in good form.

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"We had hoped to get the points and get back to winning ways. At least we looked better defensively than against Motherwell last week.

"It is annoying we didn't win. We have been tinkering with the team but need to get winning again, starting with St Johnstone on Saturday."


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