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Stokes on double to save Celtic

A double from Anthony Stokes rescued Celtic from total humiliation at Kilmarnock but major question marks remain over Neil Lennon and his team, writes JOE McHUGH.

Every fault and failing in the team was exposed during a shocking first half that saw Kilmarnock- with just two wins in ten games- race into a three goal lead with storm clouds gathering in Ayrshire.

Stokes had missed a snip before Kilmarnock had found the net but sparked a second-half comeback with two long range efforts before captain Charlie Mulgrew salvaged a point as Celtic found the net three times in seven minutes.

"There would have been a lot of pressure on the gaffer so we did it for him, ourselves and the fans because they deserved it," Stokes said. "The first half was unacceptable, it was a catalogue of errors but the lads stood up for him in the second half."

Even Lennon's biggest backers are starting to waver in their support as Celtic's sluggish start to the season continues with no real sign of a turn around.

St Mirren's late equaliser against Rangers provided Lennon with a crumb of comfort but the Hoops boss won't be kidding himself about the situation that he is in.

Villas-Boas hails Daniel

Andre Villas-Boas is confident Daniel Sturridge will break into the England squad if he maintains his stunning Chelsea form.

The clamour for Sturridge to be handed his first senior international call-up grew on Saturday after the striker scored his fourth goal in four Premier League games this season, this time in a 3-1 win over Everton.

Blues boss Villas-Boas said: "I don't want to influence any decision but, eventually, any English player who is performing can get a call-up for the national team. He plays for a top club in the world so I don't see any reason why not."