Saturday 21 April 2018

Anthony Stokes urged to join Inverness by old boss John Hughes

'Stokes has fallen completely out of favour at Celtic' Photo:PA
'Stokes has fallen completely out of favour at Celtic' Photo:PA
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Inverness manager John Hughes has admitted that he wants a reunion with Anthony Stokes which he feels could help the Irish striker get his career back on track.

Stokes has fallen completely out of favour at Celtic and he was suspended after a Twitter outburst when he was an unused sub for a trip to Inverness last month.

But Hughes, who managed the 27-year-old in successful spells at Falkirk and Hibernian, wants to bring the player to the venue on a loan deal for the rest of this season.

"I've known Stokesy since he was a young lad. I brought him from Arsenal up to Falkirk and he was a revelation," says Hughes.

"We've made an enquiry but a number of teams have made an enquiry. I'm still friendly with Stokesy and I'm just hoping if Celtic decide to let him out on loan to a Scottish club, then hopefully he will come back and work with his old gaffer, because we have had a great rapport and a great relationship."

Hibs and Barnsley are also believed to be on his trail, but Hughes thinks that he is capable of drawing the best from an enigmatic talent.

"He has always scored goals for me so I know how to get the best out of him and control him," he continued. "It is a challenge, he's a loveable rogue, he's a maverick and I'm quite sure if he was to come he would test my patience. But I could handle that, he's a lovely, lovely lad and a real talented footballer."

Elsewhere, promising Irish goalkeeper Ian Lawlor has joined League One side Bury on loan from Manchester City.

Lawlor, 21, has just returned from a five-game stint with Barnet in League Two so will be stepping up a level to link up with a Bury side that is stuck firmly in mid-table.

Ex-international Liam Lawrence has moved the other way on the ladder by leaving League One side Shrewsbury to join League Two promotion chasers Bristol Rovers.

Rovers boss Darrell Clarke is thrilled to recruit the 34-year-old. "To bring in someone of his calibre, on a contract until the end of the season with no fee involved, is massive," he said.

Brentford manager Dean Smith has confirmed that a bid for Alan Judge was rejected earlier this week. Sheffield Wednesday are trying to sign the playmaker.

"We feel that we're moving upwards and improving and we want to keep our better players at the football club," he said.

Irish Independent

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