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Stokes: Dad was gutted for me

ANTHONY Stokes has moved to diffuse the controversy over comments attributed to his father suggesting he had to leave Celtic.

"I'm not going to hang my dad out to dry. He's said what he's said but he's still my dad.

"I had a chat with him because he's been in the papers the last few weeks for certain things," said Stokes.

"He's a big Celtic fan and I'm sure he was just disappointed we lost.

"It would've been one of the biggest games of my career and he was gutted for me. That's all it is."

Dubs train with Celtic

THE Dublin football squad were being put through their paces in Glasgow today after taking up an offer from Celtic manager Neil Lennon to use the training facilities of the Scottish soccer giants.

Closer to home, Johnny McCaffrey has been confirmed as Dublin's hurling captain in the wake of Stephen Hiney's season-ending cruciate injury. Tomás Brady has been promoted to vice-captain.