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Parker: Stokes must earn it

Celtic coach Garry Parker challenged Anthony Stokes after the 2-1 friendly defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach at Parkhead.

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Antony Stokes: Struck against Monchengladbach

Antony Stokes: Struck against Monchengladbach

With Bhoys boss Neil Lennon away taking notes on Elfsborg ahead of Wednesday's Champions League qualifier, Parker presided over a decent display against the German club.

Stokes was on target for the hosts, who held their own for much of the game, and Parker believes the door is open for the Irishman to fill the void left by Gary Hooper.

Parker said: "It's up to him. He's there at the moment. Whether we bring someone in or not, I don't know.

"We've got a few options so we will see what happens. It's up to Stokes to stake a claim.

"It was a good workout. They are a good side and they kept the ball very well. We had a young side out there and some players back from injury, which was good.

"I'm pleased with 2-1 because they are a very good side.

"The most important thing is that the players that were injured came through it, nobody got injured and we are ready for Wednesday night."

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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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