Tuesday 20 August 2019

Deila accuses Stokes of 'disrespect' after striker's furious Twitter rant

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Leigh Griffiths celebrates after scoring the second goal for Celtic
Leigh Griffiths celebrates after scoring the second goal for Celtic
Inverness Caledonian Thistle's James Vincent (left) and Celtic's Stefan Johansen battle for the ball during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership clash
Celtic manager Ronny Deila has hit out at Anthony Stokes over comments on the player's official Twitter account
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Celtic manager Ronny Deila accused Anthony Stokes of disrespecting his team-mates by taking to social media to complain about being left out of the squad for Celtic's 3-1 Premiership win over Inverness at a freezing Tulloch Caledonian Stadium.

The out-of-favour Irishman has featured only twice for the Hoops this season, and was on the bench for the Europa League clash against Ajax on Thursday due to injuries and suspensions.

Stokes was left out of the 18 for the Inverness match after travelling north with the team, and he wrote on his official Twitter account: "Buzzing to be brought all the way up to Inverness with the team to sit in the stands today, lovely weather for it too."

The former Hibernian forward followed it up by tweeting: "Who gives a f*** about wages when your (sic) not playing games! It's all about playing and contributing not picking up a wage."

The Norwegian boss said: "It is (disrespectful) for the boys.

"We travel every week with 20 players and the manager puts out 11 and seven on the bench and there are always two left out. If that is harder for him than somebody else, then for me he is not a team player.

"What is important with Stokesy is that he has to show the work first before he speaks and if you do that then you always have a future.

"But so far he has been more (about) talking than performances."

Midfielder Callum McGregor - who started against Ajax only due to injuries and suspensions and scored in the 2-1 defeat - retained his place and was again on target with a fine drive from distance with only seven minutes gone, but that was cancelled out by Caley striker Miles Storey in the 39th minute.

Leigh Griffiths drove in his 19th of the season from a Kieran Tierney cross just before the hour mark and, with five minutes remaining, substitute Carlton Cole, making his debut, tangled with Danny Devine with the ball ending up in the net.

Deila pointed to McGregor, 18-year-old Tierney, and Scott Allan, making another substitute appearance but yet to start since signing from Hibernian, as an example of the attitudes he is looking for.

"What I am so happy about is, when you have a good attitude in training, you work hard, you are loyal, very humble and want to learn, like Callum McGregor and Scott Allan," he said.

Deila was pleased to see his side bounce back from their Europa League exit to Ajax to go seven points clear of Aberdeen at the top of the table.

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