Football - Stokes: No let-up from Celtic

Anthony Stokes insists there will be no let-up at Celtic even though it is just a matter of when and not if they win the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

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Anthony Stokes is determined to make up for lost time

The Hoops striker, 24, scored twice in the 6-2 win over Dundee United at Parkhead which took the champions 18 points clear of Motherwell.

"We demand it from ourselves to perform in each game and fans want to see us winning every game," said the former Hibernian player. "That's the mentality we go out with every week so we won't be taking our foot off the pedal until the end of the season."

He added: "It's always nice to wrap it up as early as possible but even if we do we are going to be expected to win every game anyway so, whether we sew it up early or not, I don't think it is going to change the mentality of how we go into the games."

Stokes grabbed his second and third goals of the season after injury has interrupted his season and, with manager Neil Lennon hinting at extending his contract which is up in the summer, the Republic of Ireland international is looking to make up for lost time between now and the final game.

"Every player wants as much game time as possible and I'm no different," he said.

"But I know I will have to perform in training and when I get my opportunity on the pitch.

"The manager wants me to go out and perform as well as I can but the way I look at it, is that I'm judged on goals and that's what I look back at the end of the season.

"If you are hitting over 20 goals you are having a reasonably good season but it's hard now, coming back from injury and missing so many games but I just want to score as many as I can before the end of the season."

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