Discipline problems aside, Deila thinks there is a chance that Stokes can remain at Celtic Park beyond 2016
Celtic striker Anthony Stokes is currently serving a two week suspension for taking to twitter to vent his frustration having been omitted from the squad to play against Inverness by his manager Deila.
Stokes has only played twice for Celtic this year and has not scored. There is also the small matter of his contract, which expires in the summer of 2016 but Deila believes if he can keep working then Stokes has a chance to remain at the club.
“I think that’s going to be good in the end for us and Anthony as well. After 14 days he will come back and hopefully we can keep him working.” Deila said. “He has a future, of course there are things that need to improve. If he makes the improvement that we want, everything is possible."
Deila continued, “If he didn't have any ability, he wouldn't be here. He’s a goalscorer and a great player.
He did hint at bigger problems with the striker's discipline than the twitter rant, which will have to improve if he is to have any chance of a stay at Celtic Park beyond this summer, "I think everybody understands it is not about that single coincidence. It's been some issues in the past and now we felt we had to put down a marker."
It remains to be seen whether Stokes would gain any interest on the market given his contract situation and the fact that he hasn't played much football this year.