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Stokes returns to boost Celtic ranks for Milan visit


Ireland's Anthony Stokes. Photo: Frank McGrath

Ireland's Anthony Stokes. Photo: Frank McGrath

Ireland's Anthony Stokes. Photo: Frank McGrath

ANTHONY Stokes will be available for Celtic's Champions League clash with AC Milan tomorrow night.

The striker missed Saturday's 3-1 win over Aberdeen due to family reasons but is expected to lead the line in a match Celtic must win to keep alive their hopes of playing in Europe after Christmas.

Only two points separate Celtic, Ajax and Milan in Group H with Neil Lennon looking forward to having his first choice striker available again to face the Italians.

"It's a personal, family issue," Lennon revealed explaining Stokes' absence against Aberdeen.

"We just felt that he probably wasn't in the right frame of mind but he should be okay.

"James Forrest will be available, Stokesy will re-join us, so we will be very strong going into the Milan game."

Milan come to Glasgow in disarray without a win in their last seven matches.


Speculation that coach Massimo Allegri is about to be replaced by Clarence Seedorf is rife with angry fans demonstrating against the players following Saturday's 1-1 draw at home to Genoa.

Mario Balotelli missed only the second penalty of his career with the scores level amid reports that he will be a January transfer target for Chelsea.

Two stoppage time goals from Derk Boerrigter and Kris Commons gave Celtic full points against Aberdeen with Lennon looking forward to another night of Champions League drama.

"We don't need any motivating for Tuesday night," the Celtic boss added. "That comes from within, it's Celtic Park, AC Milan – it's there for us."