Friday 20 July 2018

Stokes returns for Celtic's Euro mission to Warsaw

Anthony Stokes. Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images
Anthony Stokes. Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Anthony Stokes will return to the Celtic squad to face Legia Warsaw on Wednesday.

The striker missed last week's 4-0 win over KR Reykjavik due to a slight hamstring strain but has resumed full training and will be in the squad that flies to Poland tomorrow.

New Celtic manager Ronnie Deila faces his first major test since succeeding Neil Lennon as he attempts to steer past the Poles to reach the group stage of the Champions League.

The Norwegian watched Legia win 5-0 against St Pat's last week and knows that the Polish champions are a big step up in class from Celtic's second round opponents from Iceland.

"Legia have put a lot of money into the Champions League and I know how important it is for them," Deila stated. "It is for us, as well. It's going to be a difficult match but every opponent is difficult now.

"They are going to be exciting games and we have a good chance. We will go into the match on Wednesday and do our thing to get through to the next round but Legia are much stronger than KR Reykjavik. It is a step up."

On Saturday a youthful Celtic XI, including Eoghan O'Connell, lost 1-0 away to St Pauli but Deila left out the entire side that started against KR in order to have them fresh for the trip to Poland.

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