Stokes fears Old Firm snub
Anthony Stokes fears he will be snubbed by manager Neil Lennon for Sunday's Old Firm clash with Rangers.
Last Updated: 20/04/11 1:02pm
Celtic striker Anthony Stokes fears he will be snubbed by manager Neil Lennon for Sunday's Old Firm clash with Rangers.
Stokes started the teams' first meeting in October, but he has been forced to settle for a place on the bench in their five subsequent clashes.
The former Hibs marksman has 13 SPL goals to his name for the club this term, although he missed from the penalty spot in Sunday's Scottish Cup success over Aberdeen.
Stokes is looking to make amends for the miss in Wednesday's league encounter with Kilmarnock, although he is worried that a good performance might not be enough to start against Gers.
"It obviously won't do me any harm if we play well and I put in a good performance," commented the striker.
"But I have found out during the season, probably the hard way, that I have been playing well and scoring goals and then left out.
"It comes down to the gaffer at the end of the day but all I can do is just focus on my performances and training and hope that is enough.
"Nine times out of 10 I would probably have had two or three goals on Sunday. You have those games every now and again.
"Myself and Gary Hooper had a chat about it after the game and we just knew it was one of those days that it wouldn't go in for us, but it won't affect us.
"I actually thought I played well after missing the penalty, I set up one or two goals. You have to try to not let it affect your confidence and I think I did that."
Meanwhile, Lennon has take Catania striker Gianvito Plasmati on a week's trial and the Bhoys boss is happy with the Italian's attributes.
"He's a good size and he's technically good and intelligent," confirmed Lennon.
"He's short physically because he has not played for a long time but we understand that and we will have a good look at him over the course of a week.
"We might bring him back when he is fitter and have a better look at him then."