Celtic striker Anthony Stokes has stated that Celtic must look to fill the hole left by the departure of last season's top goal-scorer Gary Hooper.

Hooper, who contributed 31 goals to the Scottish champions' campaign last term, has now been sold on to Norwich City. 

Speaking to BBC Sport after his sides friendly loss to Borussia Monchengladbach, Stokes said: "We are all going to have to dig in and try to chip in. Over the last three or four years, we have done that."

Manager Neil Lennon has so far strengthened his squad with forward Amido Balde from Vitoria Guimaraes but is now in the market for another striker after Hooper's transfer was confirmed. 

Offering his thoughts on the impact Hooper's move will have on the Celtic squad, Stokes said: "We've got plenty of players in the team, even from midfield, who can score goals.

"We will all try to do as much as possible. It's on the whole squad.

"We've lost a great player and he was a great lad around the club as well.

"But he's gone now. We have to move on and other people have to take on the burden of scoring goals."

Stokes, who managed seven goals for Celtic over the course of last season, scored the only goal in his sides defeat to Monchengladbach. 

Celtic next take to the field on Wednesday, hosting Swedish outfit Elfsborg in the first leg of their Champions League third qualifying round, as they bid to better last season's European achievements.


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