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Wednesday 12 December 2018

Murphy rooted to spot over Stokes' penalty demand

Daryl Murphy has warned wide boy Anthony Stokes to forget about taking penalties at Celtic.

The former Sunderland team-mates were on target in Celtic's 2-1 win over Kilmarnock on Sunday and had a friendly 'exchange' when Celtic were awarded a 41st-minute penalty after Stokes was fouled in the box.

Murphy had to move sharply to get the ball off his new team-mate to retain his job as penalty taker but had anticipated a fast move from the former Hibs striker.

"I knew the minute we got the penalty he was going to try and take it," Murphy admitted.

"I've known Stokesy for a few years -- but I told him 'I'm taking it and that's it!'

"I told him I'd taken the last one and scored and that I was also taking this one. He wasn't happy.

"But I made it clear to him that I wasn't moving from the spot, so I was having it -- that's just the way strikers are.

"I could understand why he wanted to take it, he wanted to get off the mark for Celtic. It was the same reason I wanted to take the penalty at Motherwell.

"Stokesy was always going to get another chance anyway and thankfully he did."

Murphy added: "I know what Stokesy can do and he came on against Killie and changed the game for us.





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"He set up the penalty and scored himself. He was picking the ball up from the midfield and was really busy running the channels and his link-up play was also very good.

"When he gets the ball he always wants to try something which is a good quality to have. He's not afraid to express himself and take on defenders. You know he'll score goals if he's playing regularly, he's already proved himself in the SPL."

Murphy and Stokes will be looking to continue their partnership against Inverness Caley Thistle tomorrow night in the League Cup, with the visitors containing a few Irish names in their line up.

After watching Conor Sammon score against Celtic for Kilmarnock the Hoops defence will be keeping a close eye on Adam Rooney, who'll be joined in Terry Butcher's side by Jonny Hayes and Richie Foran who made his first appearance of the season as a substitute against Hearts on Saturday.

Stokes knows the Irish connection at Inverness well after playing alongside Rooney on international duty and has no intention of being on the end of an upset tomorrow night.

He said: "Inverness will be a tough game. They've just been promoted this season but I think that they'll do all right this year. On the opening day they gave Celtic a tough game, we're at home and expected to win so that's the target for us."

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