Stokes '100 per cent' sure on Celtic contract extension

The Irishman's current deal expires this summer but after an influential showing in the Bhoys' Scottish Cup final win over Hibernian, he revealed he is confident on his future
Anthony Stokes has revealed he is supremely confident he will still be at Celtic next season after his match-winning performance in the Bhoys' Scottish Cup final rout of Hibernian.

Stokes was a thorn in the side of former employers Hibs all afternoon, assisting both of Gary Hooper's goals before Joe Ledley scored a third to ease Neil Lennon's side to the Double.

And speaking to reporters after the match, Stokes revealed he expects to extend his stay at Celtic Park beyond the summer.

"I expect to be here, 100 per cent," he said. "The contract is getting sorted out and I am very confident about it.

"My agent has been speaking with the club for the last week or two so I am sure something will get sorted."

Stokes began his career at the Gunners but after failing to break into Arsene Wenger's first-team plans, he moved onto Sunderland.

Loan spells followed at Sheffield United and Crystal Palace before Hibernian offered him an opportunity for regular football north of the border, where his impressive goalscoring form earned him a move to Celtic Park.