Celtic Park

Next Game

Celtic v Motherwell

Sunday, 21 September 2014, 15:00

Scots Prem

Red Bull Arena

Last Game

Salzburg 2 - 2 Celtic

Thursday, 18 September 2014, 18:00

Europa League Group D

Stokes hopes for Celtic deal

Anthony Stokes is hoping Celtic will trigger a one-year option on his contract and the striker wants to be judged for his performances on the pitch.

Last Updated: 16/03/13 at 11:03 Post Comment

Anthony Stokes: Celtic striker hopes to sign a new contract

Anthony Stokes: Celtic striker hopes to sign a new contract

The 24-year-old has scored four goals in 13 appearances for Celtic this season, but has not always seen eye-to-eye with manager Neil Lennon.

The SPL champions have the option to keep Stokes for another 12 months and the forward is keen to stay at Parkhead for the long term.

"I'd like to think I'll be here next season and for the foreseeable future," said Stokes in the Daily Record. "But we'll have to play it by ear and wait to see what happens.

"All I can do is perform on the pitch. That's where I want to do my talking.

"There have been a few brief conversations about a contract but we haven't gone into details yet. Hopefully it will be sorted before the end of the season.

"Of course, it would hurt to leave here because this is my boyhood club. It would sting for a while.

"The club have a one-year option but I'd rather sign a contract for longer than a year. Any footballer will tell you it's nice to have a bit of security and feel settled.

"However, I don't have an option with the one-year deal. It's not up to me. It's up to them if they want to renew it or just leave it. I want to commit my best years to Celtic. I'm settled here."

Stokes was criticised by Lennon earlier this season, but he is not concerned by his manager's comments, adding: "I don't really care what the gaffer thinks of me personally.

"It would be nice to get on with him - and I have a good enough relationship with him - but I only really care about how I do on the pitch for him. That's where I should be judged.

"I get on reasonably well with him. We're not best mates but I don't think he hates me either. It's a normal player-manager relationship."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

ilarious, thanks for that. But if I may, I do suspect the reason of your partners' ire is not Tottenham, but most probably all the compusilve gambling :)

DannySmith
Backing Costa To Keep Banging 'Em In

T

wo police horses in a paddock. Horse 1: What's with the long face? Horse 2: I'm working St James Park this weekend.

hump3.
Pardew braced for protests

T

wo things. First, I can't stop reading your name as 'Dane Bowers'. Second, you used the words 'philosophy' and 'Redknapp' in the same sentence.

ajsr1982
Can United's Defence Handle Ulloa?

Footer 365

Indian Super League: Adrian Mutu and Mikael Silvestre to play in India

Ex-Chelsea and Juventus forward Adrian Mutu to sign for FC Pune City in the Indian Super League, Sky sources understand.

Premier League: Arsenal win 3-0 at Aston Villa to end the hosts' unbeaten start

Aston Villa’s unbeaten start to the season was ended by a devastating goal blitz as Arsenal enjoyed a 3-0 away win.

Premier League: Newcastle draw with Hull City as Papiss Cisse scores two

Substitute Papiss Cisse saved the day for Newcastle and under-fire manager Alan Pardew in their 2-2 draw with Hull City.

Mail Box

Liverpool Aren't Even Exciting This Season

Liverpool fans are seemingly resigned to slipping back into mediocrity, which in September isn't exactly ideal. Plus better Arsenal, Allardyce praise and an excited Saint...

Be Careful What You Wish For, Gooners

That's the message from a Man United fan in the mailbox. Plus, thoughts on Paul Lambert's new contract, the Alan Pardew dilemma at Newcastle and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property