Stokes reunited with Hoops
Anthony Stokes has warned SPL defenders his partnership with Gary Hooper is getting better.
Last Updated: 18/01/11 3:29pm
Celtic striker Anthony Stokes has warned Scottish Premier League defenders his partnership with Gary Hooper is getting better.
The 22-year-old had not scored since 6th November but managed to bag a brace at the weekend which coincided with the return of Hooper from a four-week lay off.
One of his goals included a majestic overhead kick and he also turned provider for Hooper who netted the opener in the 3-0 win at Hibernian.
Stokes has been deployed as a lone frontrunner in the absence of his strike partner but was visibly relieved to see the return of Hooper.
"It's quite tough up front (on your own)," Stokes told the Huddle Online.
"I'm not bothered, if the gaffer plays me up front on my own - I will put in a shift and try as hard as I can.
"But Hoops coming back makes it a lot easier for me because I've got someone to play with up there.
"I think I have a very good understanding with him. In a way we are different players but the runs we make are very similar.
"I've always a fair idea of where he is in the pitch so it makes it easier for me."
Celtic will now face Aberdeen three times over the next 11 days with the first of these games coming on Saturday.
Aberdeen were thumped 9-0 when the teams last met but have since been put under the stewardship of Craig Brown and Archie Knox.
"I think it's going to be a completely different game," Stokes added.
"I have watched them over the last few weeks and their form has completely turned around.
"We are just going to have to approach it like we do any game and show them full respect. I don't think it will be anything like the last game."