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Monday 11 December 2017

Stokes back for Hibs after 'disciplinary issue'

Hibs’ Anthony Stokes
Hibs’ Anthony Stokes

Hibernian manager Neil Lennon has said Anthony Stokes missed last weekend's Premiership match against Hamilton because of a disciplinary issue.

However, the Republic of Ireland striker is back in the squad for tomorrow's game with Partick Thistle at Firhill.

"It's been dealt with, so he is back in the squad," said Lennon.

"He didn't have to apologise. He just needs to understand there are certain codes of conduct and a level of discipline that you can't cross with me.

"It was an isolated incident. I was not going to tolerate it and he understands that. He is back in and has been training very well this week."

Stokes has scored nine goals in 14 appearances this season since rejoining the club last summer after one season with Blackburn Rovers.

Meanwhile, Celtic captain Scott Brown has warned of potential injuries to Celtic players from fans throwing missiles at away games.

The midfielder made light of objects launched during the 1-1 draw with Motherwell at Fir Park on Wednesday night which extended the Hoops unbeaten domestic run to 66 games by saying: "I made a pound again, I'm getting good at this game."

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However, the Scotland skipper was serious about what he says is a growing issue when the Ladbrokes Premiers League leaders are on their travels.

Brown had previously spoken about missiles thrown during the game against Rangers at Ibrox last April and against Linfield in Belfast in July, and believes someone in green and white will eventually get hurt.

He said: "There is a lot of talk about decisions but people are getting hit with coins and stuff thrown at them pretty much every week just because we are doing so well in the league and the away fans don't like that.

"No we've understood it's part and parcel of when you go away. Leigh Griffiths is hitting corners, he's getting things thrown at him.

"You go and take a corner and you have to look over your shoulder to see what's coming.

"Fans can shout and sing whatever they want but they can't be throwing things, it's not showing a great example, is it?"

Manager Brendan Rodgers, who confirmed winger Patrick Roberts will miss next week's Champions League home clash with Anderlecht with a recurrence of a hamstring injury.

Rodgers also revealed striker Moussa Dembele and Nir Bitton are back training following knocks and will be assessed ahead of the third game in six days against Motherwell, this time at home in Parkhead tomorrow.

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