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Anthony Stokes accepts his winner against Kilmarnock will not guarantee him a recall to Celtic's starting line-up.

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The Republic of Ireland striker scored his first goal for Celtic since his pre-deadline move from Hibernian in Sunday's 2-1 success at Kilmarnock.

Stokes appeared as a first-half substitute for the injured Paddy McCourt and was brought down for the penalty which allowed Daryl Murphy to equalise before half-time.

The 22-year-old then converted a cross from Emilio Izaguirre from close range on 52 minutes to maintain Celtic's 100 per cent start to the SPL season.


Asked if his goal should see him back in the starting XI, Stokes said: "Definitely not.

"I think I still need to do it every day in training because there is a lot of competition for places, but it won't do myself any harm scoring.

"It can be hard for the first five or 10 minutes to get into the game when you come on as a substitute, but it was fine.

"I got one or two early touches and that helped me settle in to the game."

Stokes is already well aware of the differences between playing for Hibs and playing for Celtic.

"With Celtic the onus is really on you," he said.

"The draw isn't good enough. In some games at Hibs you would take a draw, but here it's not like that, it's make or break.

"You win and nothing else is acceptable."