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Goal won't seal deal - Stokes

Celtic striker Anthony Stokes does not expect his Scottish Cup heroics to be decisive in the outcome of his contract situation at Parkhead.

Last Updated: 15/04/13 at 14:18 Post Comment

Anthony Stokes: Scored a crucial winner for Celtic in cup semi-final

Anthony Stokes: Scored a crucial winner for Celtic in cup semi-final

Stokes came off the bench to net a dramatic extra-time winner for the Hoops in their semi-final with Dundee United at Hampden Park on Sunday as they edged a 4-3 triumph to reach the decider.

The frontman is waiting to see if Celtic will choose to trigger the option in his contract to keep him at the Scottish Premier League club for another year.

The 24-year-old Republic of Ireland international, who has scored five goals in 17 appearances this season, has not always seen eye-to-eye with manager Neil Lennon.

Lennon hinted the striker could see his Celtic stay extended after Sunday's win but Stokes does not expect his exploits in that game to have much bearing on his situation.

He told the Daily Record: "I'm not worried about that.

"I don't think one game is going to decide a contract offer. It might not do me any harm - but we'll see what happens."

Stokes says Celtic have their sights firmly set on an SPL and cup Double, with title success within their reach if they can overcome Inverness on Sunday.

He added: "The Double is the plan.

"We want to try to get over the line as soon as possible. Inverness will be tough but we're confident we can get the win. And a Double would be massive."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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