Strachan praise for Stokes

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Gordon Strachan has commended teenage striker Anthony Stokes for taking the chance to join Falkirk on loan.

Stokes is spending the first half of the season at Falkirk from Arsenal and has impressed with the SPL side.

He has bagged nine goals in his last four appearances, including hat-tricks in his last two outings against Dundee United and Dunfermline.

The 18-year-old comes up against SPL champions Celtic on Tuesday in a CIS Insurance Cup quarter final tie.

Celtic boss Strachan has taken time to praise the youngster and believes Stokes' attitude has been fantastic.

"He's been doing fantastically well," said Strachan.

"It has been a great move for him, coming up here from Arsenal.

"It shows if you are prepared as a kid to get out, get about and not sit on your backside, people will notice you and you can launch a career.

"That's what he's done, taken the chance to get up here from Arsenal and say 'yes, I'll take the opportunity to get up there and play first-team football'.

"It's been great for him, absolutely fantastic, and it's been even better for Falkirk, that's for sure."