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‘RONNY DIDN’T RATE ME,’ STOKES

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ANTHONY STOKES, who has joined Hibs on loan for the remainder of the season, has revealed he doesn’t think Ronny Deila rates him as a footballer.

CQN revealed last week that the Republic of Ireland striker was on his way back to Easter Road after falling out of favour at Celtic.

Stokes hasn’t featured for the champions since August when they defeated Dundee United 3-1 at Tannadice.
The frontman, who has 18 months still to run on his Hoops contract, admitted he has had plenty of conversations with Deila asking why he was not in the side.
He said: “It’s a pity the supporters are not picking the team, isn’t it?fyc0L4jvNVZI04Oe6yOVogHC9RojxOV2C8DiEQ8Khno
“I don’t know what it is. Ronny Deila, I speak to 
him on a regular basis and we have had plenty of conversations.

“I like him, he is a good fellow. But he obviously doesn’t rate me as a 
footballer because if he did I would be in the team.

“It is what it is. There is not much to be said about it. I’m not going to focus on anything that’s gone on in the last four or five months.

“I’m coming to Hibs with the intentions of getting back, enjoying my football, getting as fit as I can and scoring goals.

“I just want to help the team as much as I possibly can.”

The 27-year-old incurred Deila’s wrath in November after tweeting his displeasure at having to sit in the stands at Inverness having been left out of the first team.

He tweeted: “Who gives a f**k about wages when you’re not playing games?”

The striker apologised to the Celtic fans for his outburst, but was suspended by the club for two weeks after Deila branded his comments “disrespectful”.

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