Celtic boss Ronny Deila to deal with Anthony Stokes

Celtic Ronny Deila and Anthony Stokes

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Celtic boss Ronny Deila insists striker Anthony Stokes’s social media outburst will be dealt with internally by the Bhoys.

The Republic of Ireland international was unhappy not to make the squad at Inverness Caledonian Thistle after travelling to the Scottish Highlands.

Deila was aware of online criticism by the player before the 3-1 win and said: “That showed a lack of respect to the other boys. We will handle that inside. We will see what we will do. It is not the best way to behave for your team-mates.”

Deila’s men went on to pick up all three points against Caley to remain seven points clear of Aberdeen at the top of the Scottish Premiership table.

Callum McGregor opened the scoring for the visitors but home striker Miles Storey levelled the scores. Leigh Griffiths re-established Celtic’s lead before a late Danny Devine own goal put the result beyond doubt.

Deila admitted it had not been a vintage display but was happy with the performance given Celtic had been dumped out of the Europa League by Ajax on Thursday night.

“It was not a great game, but it’s very hard to expect too much when you’ve played a European game two-and-a-half days ago,” the Norwegian told reporters.

“It’s a mental barrier you have to go through and sometimes you have to win a little bit ugly as well.

“We played a team that wanted to play and had a lot of energy in their play. We have always struggled up there so it was very good to get three points. It’s the first time we’ve won there since I’ve been at the club so that’s good.”

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