ON-LOAN Celtic striker Anthony Stokes admitted he was delighted to answer the critics at Hampden yesterday.
The Republic of Ireland international netted two goals in Hibs’ 3-2 win to take the Scottish Cup to Easter Road after an absence of 114 years.
Stokes also hit the woodwork, brought out two good saves from the keeper and missed a couple as he ripped right-back James Tavernier to shreds.
He said: “A hat-trick was probably a dream, but I wasn’t far off.2873

“It was a special day and it was an entertaining game. I thought we got a deserved win as, overall, we edged it on chances.

“I take stick every year – every week. Is it sweet for me? Of course, but I’ve always said that I don’t doubt my own ability.

“It’s the old saying about form being temporary. That’s the way it is. I could have had two or three goals in the first-half, but I didn’t let my head go down.

“It all worked out and you couldn’t write the script for what happened.”

The 27-year-old attacker, who will return to Parkhead in the summer along with another Hampden hero Liam Henderson, added: “I felt once I got them on the back foot I was comfortable. I felt comfortable.

“People question the Hibs team about whether we have the mentality. I think we showed here that we do.

“I said when I joined that I came here to win something. We were unlucky with the promotion and in the League Cup Final, but this caps off the season.CjEc9Y3WkAA2Ay4.jpg-large

“For all the staff and the fans, this is amazing.

“Even at 2-1 down with 15 minutes left, I was thinking we would still get a chance.

“I put one over the bar when I caught it too well and I just kept thinking we would get another chance and luckily it came.

“Dave Gray popped up with the winner and it was fitting it was the captain. He has led by example even when it has been difficult for us all at times.

“I said coming into this game it would take a lot of the hurt away and it has.”

It seems a long time ago that Tony was sitting in that stand after sitting on the Celtic team bus on a snow bound A9, sending out tweets about not playing.



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