ANTHONY STOKES heads off on his summer holidays this week with a smile on his face after helping Celtic win the double, thanks to their 3-0 Scottish Cup final win over Hibernians.
The 24-year-old has had a tough season, the early part of his campaign was disrupted by injury and the Bhoys' remarkable Champions League campaign passed him by as he played in Europe just once, way back at the start of the season.
But Stokes was impressive yesterday and while he admitted feeling sympathy for Hibs boss Pat Fenlon, who oversaw the early part of Stokes' career in Shelbourne's youth team, the final was a pleasing day.
"I always just wanted to get myself in the first team as much as possible and occasions like yesterday underline why I want to do that, winning the double is just brilliant," said Stokes, who claimed an assist on two goals and also played a part in the third.
"It was a great season for us overall, winning the league, having a great season in Europe and finishing off with the double. I had a good day yesterday but credit goes to Gary Hooper for scoring the two goals early on to set us on the way.
"Two crosses from me and two goals for Gary, that's what you get with him, if you give him a chance he will take it."
Attention will now turn to Stokes' future as the former Sunderland man is out of contract, though the club have already held talks about a new deal.
"My agent has been in touch with the club and we're just trying to sort it out," he said.
"It won't happen overnight, but I am very positive, I want to stay. I am loving my football here and I don't want to go anywhere else.
"I missed an opportunity to come here when I was younger and I don't want to lose another chance. I want to stay as long as I can."