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Reports conflict over future of unsettled Bhoy

By | 22nd March 2011

John Stokes, the father of Celtic’s Anthony Stokes, has clarified that he never asked his son to hand in a transfer request as was reported across the Scottish media throughout yesterday.

The 22-year old striker, who has been in terrific form for the Bhoys this season, was omitted from the starting line-up for this weekend’s CIS Cup final defeat to Rangers and Stokes senior was immediately quoted as suggesting that his son seek a future away from Parkhead.

However, John Stokes – who previously served as his son’s representative – has argued that he was misquoted and that any decision in regards to Anthony’s future will be down to the player himself as well as the Celtic management.

He even went as far as saying that he would personally want manager Neil Lennon to accommodate Anthony so that he can plan on remaining at Celtic for the remainder of his career.

“I was asked my view at the end of the game by a particular Scottish journalist. I was completely misquoted and I never said he should leave Celtic so I don’t know where that story has come from,” Stokes senior told Dublin-based radio station 98FM.

He added: “I’m a big Celtic fan as everybody knows and Anthony is a big Celtic fan. He’s disappointed at not playing yesterday but that’s the manager’s decision.

“Anthony has no intent whatsoever and I would never advise him to leave Celtic Football Club. As far as I am concerned, he’s there for life and that’s what he wants to do.”

Ireland international Stokes, who represented Arsenal as a teenager, scored five times in the CIS Cup and has added another 12 in the SPL to guide his side to the top of the table.

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