Stokes determined to improve

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Anthony Stokes: Celtic striker working hard to improve his overall game

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Celtic striker Anthony Stokes is determined to improve his overall game despite being in the goals this season.

The former Hibernian man is the SPL leaders' second-highest scorer with 10 goals in Scotland's top flight.

Stokes' form has drawn praise from manager Neil Lennon, however, he knows there remain areas in his game that can get even better.

He responded to Lennon's praise by telling Huddle Online: "It's always good to hear.

Improvement

"That's one thing this year that I have tried to work on a bit more - my hold-up play and my touch play.

"But at the end I'm going to be judged on goals, but I know I have a lot more to work on in my game."

Stokes is determined to improve his tally, adding: "I have started quite a few games again this year and am close enough to where I was last year but I want to improve on that.

"Every year you want to improve. As a striker you are judged on goals so I'm hoping to score more by the end of the season."

Complacency

Celtic have won 17 straight in the SPL and Stokes knows that guarding against complacency will be one of their hardest tasks, starting with Saturday's trip to Aberdeen.

"Every game is going to be tough between now and the end of the season," he admitted.

"But we're on a good run of winning games and we want to maintain that.

"You want to try to win every game obviously but when you're on a winning run like this it gives you that extra incentive.

"Obviously the league is still there and we don't want to get complacent with that either.

"It's just about doing what we have been doing in the last few months."