Striker Anthony Stokes leaves Celtic as Alan Stubbs admits interest

Striker Anthony Stokes leaves Celtic as Alan Stubbs admits interest

first_imgHe scored nine goals in 25 appearances for Hibernian under Alan Stubbs and the new Rotherham boss would be interested in a reunion in Yorkshire.“I wouldn’t rule out an interest in Anthony Stokes. But we wouldn’t be on our own,” he said. “There will be a number of clubs interested him, particularly if it’s a free transfer. “I know him from his time at Hibs and at Celtic. Obviously, it doesn’t hurt that I have a good relationship with him already. Republic of Ireland forward Anthony Stokes has left Celtic after being released by the club.The Scottish champions had the option to extend the forward’s contract for a further season but they have called time on the attacker’s six-year spell at Parkhead.Stokes spent the second half of the season on loan at Hibernian and two goals in the Scottish Cup final helped the capital club lift the trophy for the first time since 1902.The 27-year-old fell out of favour under former Celtic manager Ronny Deila, leading to his six-month spell at Easter Road. “I like to have a good relationship with all my players. I talk to them before and after training. I have had a lot of players from Hibs ring or text me to wish me well since I moved to Rotherham.”Stokes was suspended for two weeks by Celtic last December following posts on Twitter criticising the decision to leave him out of the squad for an away league clash against Inverness CT.last_img

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