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Stokes knows Celtic's bubble may burst

By Ronnie Esplin

Anthony Stokes has been key to Celtic's perfect start to the season but he believes fans should lace their confidence with some caution ahead of Thursday night's Europa League play-off first-leg clash against Sion at Parkhead.

The former Hibernian striker scored in his third successive Clydesdale Bank Premier League game on Saturday as the Hoops swept Dundee United aside 5-1 at Parkhead to make it three wins out of three then said: “It is not always going to be like that”.

Before he went off with an ankle injury which leaves him doubtful for the visit of the Swiss side, Gary Hooper had opened his account for the season and there were further goals from Ki Sung-yueng, Joe Ledley and substitute James Forrest.

However, unlike most visiting teams to the east end of Glasgow, United had a go and they could have had one or two more goals to add to Johnny Russell's first-half strike, with manager Peter Houston noting that Celtic keeper Lukasz Zaluska was named sponsors' man of the match.

Houston also noted his side's poor defending which made their task impossible and which Stokes may have been alluding to when he warned those supporters who may expect another easy win against Sion.

“It's a good start to the season,” said Stokes.

“The most important thing was that we got nine points from three games and for me personally it has been going well.

“Scoring five goals and playing well gives confidence a boost, and we are optimistic about it (Sion game). We want to go on a good run in Europe and nine points from three games is the best way to be going in to the game.

“But it is not always going to be like that (yesterday).

“You seen that at Aberdeen last week, they were hard to break down. And we left ourselves a bit open at times (against United) but we took our chances well.”

“I am always looking for more,” said Neil Lennon, who confirmed that he will look at Borussia Moenchengladbach striker Mo Iddrissou in training at Lennoxtown this week and who hopes for good news on Hooper's scan today.

“He (Stokes) is a goalscorer. He looked very, very lively, especially early on in the game.”

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