Celtic FC has decided to suspend striker Anthony Stokes for two weeks after the player went on a Twitter rant over the weekend.
Stokes, 27, was left out of the side for Celtic’s trip to Iverness Caledonian Thistle on Sunday, to which he tweeted:
“Buzzing to be brought all the way up to Inverness with the team to sit in the stands today, lovely weather for it too…”
That tweet was followed up with more heated post from the Irish striker.
“Who gives a fuck about wages when your not playing games! It’s all about playing and contributing not picking up a wage.”
Celtic won the game 3-1 and has a seven-point lead over Aberdeen at the top of the Scottish Premiership table. Manager Ronny Deila was less than pleased with the reaction from Stokes.
“That showed a lack of respect to the other boys,” Deila told The Guardian. “We will handle that inside. We will see what we will do. It is not the best way to behave for your team-mates.”
Stokes did apologize for his earlier tweets the same day.
“Sorry for earlier Tweet. Hope fans can appreciate my frustration, heat of the moment.”
Sorry for earlier Tweet. Hope fans can appreciate my frustration, heat of the moment.
— Anthony Stokes (@stoksey10) November 29, 2015
Stokes is on the last year of his contract, and has only started in one league game for Celtic this season. he joined the club from Hibernian in 2010. Stokes came through the youth ranks at Arsenal before joining Sunderland in 2007. He has nine caps for the Irish national team.