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Celtic accept Dundee United loan offer for Anthony Stokes

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Dundee United have agreed a deal with Celtic to sign striker Anthony Stokes on loan until the end of the season, however, the final decision is with the player.

The Irishman, has been linked with a number of other Scottish clubs including Inverness Caledonian Thistle and former side Hibernian, since falling out of favour at Celtic this season.

United are currently 11 points adrift at the bottom of the Premiership and are needing to boost their attacking options, and Mixu Paatelainen has earmarked Stokes to help spearhead their battle against relegation.

Earlier this week Ronny Deila admitted that a number of clubs were interested in the 27-year-old, but that no decision had been made yet.

Deila said: “He has some options but together with Stokesy we haven’t decided what is the right one yet. A lot of clubs have been in contact who want to have Stokesy on their team. We will see what Anthony wants and what is best for the club.

“He is happy to go out on loan. He wants to get some games under his belt. It’s important for everybody he finds himself, gets some good performances and can then perform for Celtic again.”

It is expected that Stokes will however, reject a move to Tannadice with Easter Road his preferred choice.

Stokes signed for Celtic in the summer of 2010 for around £1 million and has went on to score 76 goals in 191 games for the Glasgow side.

His last game for Celtic was back in August 2015 in the 3-1 win over Dundee United at Tannadice.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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