Friday 23 February 2018

Stokes mindful of winning mentality

Lifelong Celtic fan Anthony Stokes knew all about the demands placed on the Hoops before he signed in August, but the incessant reminders from manager Neil Lennon have reinforced the need to win every match.

Celtic host Hamilton today looking for their 15th consecutive Scottish Premier League win and Stokes will go into the match with the words of Lennon ringing in his ears.

"The gaffer hammers the need to win into us every day, so listening to him it's always at the back of your mind," said the 22-year old.

"I knew what was expected coming here anyway and, luckily enough this season, we've won every game so far.

"Every day we sit down and have a meeting and the gaffer drills it home -- it's all about winning games."

Champions Rangers have matched Celtic's perfect start to the season and the pair sit eight points ahead of third-placed Motherwell with just six games played.

But the Old Firm teams have won by a solitary goal on four occasions each and Stokes has warned supporters not to expect a walkover whoever they play.

"If you look at the Kilmarnock game the other week, teams will sit back and be hard to break down," he said. "Fans just need to be patient, every win is a win."

Irish Independent

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