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Stokes stunner keeps Bhoys on a roll

ANTHONY STOKES put Celtic on their way to a 12th straight win in the Scottish Premier League with a sublime strike at East End Park yesterday.

The Dubliner, still hoping to force his way into Ireland's squad for the Euro 2012 finals, struck after 18 minutes.

The home defence cleared Charlie Mulgrew's cross after the Celtic defender had worked a short corner with James Forrest.

The ball fell to Stokes right on the edge of the box and, despite being faced with a crowded penalty area, he perfectly executed a curling right-footed shot out of reach of goalkeeper Chris Smith and just inside the post.

Celtic moved two ahead in the 40th minute following another Mulgrew set-piece. The former Aberdeen player curled a free-kick towards the back post and Victor Wanyama ran round the back to cushion a volley home from six yards.

Mulgrew got in on the act himself on 69 minutes when he curled home another free-kick from 30 yards.

"He's having a great time of it at the minute," said manager Neil Lennon of Mulgrew. "I thought he had great game against Rangers last Wednesday too.

"His delivery wasn't quite there for a couple of weeks but now he's found his range again.

"The delivery for the second goal was sublime and his free-kick was a piece of individual brilliance."

Bottom club Dunfermline have not won at home all season but Lennon had warned against complacency after a weekend which saw Manchester United and Manchester City suffer shock defeats.

"I told the players that Dunfermline would make life very difficult for us, which they did," Lennon added. "You only have to look at some of the results this weekend to see what can happen when you take your eye off the ball, but thankfully we got the job done."

Irish Independent