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Trial of Celtic striker for alleged assault on Elvis impersonator is adjourned

Anthony Stokes. Credit: PA

The trial of Celtic striker Anthony Stokes for an alleged assault on an Elvis impersonator has been adjourned.

Lawyers for the former Sunderland forward said they were ready to proceed with the hearing into an alleged incident in Dublin on June 8 2013.

Judge Patricia Ryan, at Dublin's Circuit Criminal Court, said she would put the case back for mention before the same court on May 12.

But she said she could not guarantee that it would proceed then.It is expected the trial will take two days.

The Ireland and Celtic player was in court, dressed in a white shirt, blue tie and grey suit, for the brief hearing.

He has been remanded on bail since last year.

Stokes, 26, was arrested by appointment and charged with assault causing harm to Anthony Bradley, 42, at Buck Whaley's nightclub on Leeson Street, Dublin.


Celtic fined for flares against Inter

Celtic have been fined just under £10,000 by Uefa following the misbehaviour of both their players and fans during last month's Europa League clash with Inter Milan.

The Hoops have been ordered to pay 8,000 euros (£5,861) after collecting five or more cautions during the 1-0 defeat to the Italians at San Siro.

They were also hit with a further 5,000-euro (£3,663) punishment after travelling supporters set off flares during the Round of 32 fixture, which saw the Scottish champions crash out after a 4-3 aggregate defeat.

Former Arsenal player says Celtic's Van Dijk is as good as Koscielny

Van Dijk is highly thought of. Credit: PA

Celtic's Virgil van Dijk should be targeting a move to one of England's top six clubs if he quits Parkhead this summer, according to former Hoops striker John Hartson.

The £12million-rated Dutch defender has been linked with Barclays Premiership high-flyers Arsenal and Southampton following another season of classy displays.

I like big Virgil. I think he's the full package. He's quick, he can leap and defensively he is sound.

Celtic did fantastically to keep hold of him in the summer. It was a fantastic bit of business by Ronny Deila, who no doubt has had a word in his ear and told him: 'If you give me another year to 18 months, then you can have your move'.

He will keep improving with Celtic and in time, he will become a top-class centre-half that a lot of clubs will be interested in.

We've seen a lot of players leave Celtic but end up with clubs at the bottom end of the Premiership.

Now the question is, would a club like Manchester City trust him to be playing in big games domestically and in the Champions League every week? Or is he someone who is more suited to being at a club like Swansea, Newcastle or West Ham, where you are playing in that middle half of the table?

Is he top notch? Is he as good as the Laurent Koscielny's of this world?

I think he is. I think he is a top-six Premier League player. I really do.

– Former Arsenal player John Hartson.

Celtic manager finds English football boring

Celtic boss Ronny Deila has offered up a stout defence of the Scottish game by claiming its English counterpart often bores him in comparison.

Deila prefers the atmosphere at Scottish grounds. Credit: PA

Speaking at Celtic's Lennoxtown training complex ahead of the trip to St Johnstone on Saturday, Deila noted the increase of money into the game south of the border.

However, the former Stromsgodset boss stated enthusiastically that he has been impressed with that he has witnessed so far in Scottish football, including the atmosphere in the Hoops' Scottish League Cup semi-final win over rivals Rangers at Hampden earlier in the month.

I think we should be more proud of it (the game in Scotland). The interest here is phenomenal. It is something special. When you go to Celtic games away, the fans are fantastic.

I have been many times to England and I am bored compared with what's happening here in the stands sometimes.

The game against Rangers is special. They don't have that. I have been at United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and it's not near the atmosphere there was in that game.

– Celtic manager Ronny Deila


Ten year-old injured by Celtic fan before Old Firm derby

A ten year-old boy suffered a hairline fracture and had three teeth knocked out by a bottle thrown before Sunday's Old Firm derby.

The ten year-old boy didn't make it to his first game. Credit: PA

Police in Glasgow are appealing for witnesses who may have seen the incident on Cathcart Road.

The young Rangers supporter was in a minibus on the way to his first match when a group of Celtic fans surrounded the vehicle and directed abuse at passengers.

It appears that the bottle was deliberately thrown at the minibus, although not necessarily aimed at the young boy, who missed the match after being rushed to hospital

Detective Constable Kenneth MacEwan said:

This was an appalling assault on the boy who was with his dad and fellow supporters going to his first Celtic v Rangers game.

He never got to the match but instead was detained overnight in hospital and has a facial injury and teeth missing.

– Detective Constable Kenneth MacEwan

Celtic players celebrate in front of Rangers fans

Celtic cruised through to the Scottish League Cup final with a 2-0 win over Rangers at Hampden Park on a day when the gulf between the two traditional rivals was laid bare.

Leigh Griffiths opened the scoring for Celtic. Credit: Reuters

Hoops striker Leigh Griffiths headed the Premiership leaders into the lead from a Stefan Johansen cross in the 10th minute with Kris Commons driving in a second on the half-hour mark to effectively seal their place against Dundee United on March 15.

It was a comfortable victory for Ronny Deila's side in the first meeting between the teams in almost three years since the Ibrox club re-emerged in the bottom tier of Scottish football following administration and liquidation.

But when the final whistle sounded, Hoops keeper Craig Gordon had not made a save.

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