Saturday 10 December 2016

Anthony Stokes' Celtic career is over

Published 08/06/2016 | 20:26

Anthony Stokes of Hibernian lifts the silverware following the Scottish Cup Final against Rangers at Hampden Park. Photo: Ian MacNicol/Getty
Anthony Stokes of Hibernian lifts the silverware following the Scottish Cup Final against Rangers at Hampden Park. Photo: Ian MacNicol/Getty

Celtic announced that Anthony Stokes had left the club this evening after six years in Glasgow.

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The Scottish champions had the option of extending the Dubliner's contract for another year but opted against it.

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.

Celtic suspended Stokes for two weeks in December after he took to Twitter to criticise Ronny Deila's decision to leave him out of the squad for an away league clash against Inverness CT.

A statement on the Celtic website read: "CELTIC Football Club today confirmed that Anthony Stokes is leaving the club.

"Anthony signed for Celtic in 2010, and made 192 appearances for the club, scoring 77 goals. He spent last season on loan to Hibernian FC. 

"Everyone at Celtic would sincerely like to wish Anthony the very best of success for the future."

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