Saturday 18 November 2017

Stokes the Celtic hero

ANTHONY STOKES scored Celtic's first goal of 2012 as Neil Lennon's side cruised to a 3-0 win away to bottom-of-the-table Dunfermline.

After missing two matches through injury, the Irish striker was a late substitute in the 1-0 win over Rangers, and he re-united with Gary Hooper yesterday to help Celtic retain their two-point lead over the Ibrox side.

There were no signs of rustiness as Stokes (right) curled in a delightful 18-yard shot past Chris Smith to open the scoring before racing over to the Celtic bench to celebrate.

"He's got goals in him and totally justified his selection," Lennon said.

"He's had a wee niggly injury which has kept him out for a few weeks but he's been looking great in training.

"He doesn't get injured often but he was bursting to play, he looked sharp and his goal was magnificent.

"Anthony is very instinctive and he always gets chances. Sometimes they go in, sometimes they don't, but the moment it left his foot it was in the top corner."

Fenlon seeks new players

Hibernian boss Pat Fenlon has vowed to strengthen his squad as he searches for his his first win since taking over at the Edinburgh club last month.

The Dubliner suffered a derby day setback yesterday as he watched his side lose 3-1 to Hearts at Easter Road.

The visitors took the lead after 58 minutes through Ryan McGowan.

Hearts captain Marius Zaliukas turned the ball into his own net from Danny Galbraith's cross as Hibs equalised immediately but Webster restored the visitors' lead after 83 minutes and substitute Rudi Skacel netted a third in the dying moments.

Fenlon (above), with just one point from five games, said: "Confidence at the club is low and that's up to me to try to change that.

"We are trying to freshen up the squad if we can. We just have to wait and see. There will be players who leave the club over the next week or two, but it's more important we get someone in."

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