Anthony Stokes could be swapping the sidelines at Celtic for first team football at Hibernian after the Easter Road side made a formal approach to sign the Irish striker on loan for the rest of the season.
Stokes, who played for Hibernian previously scoring 24 goals in 47 games back in season 2009-10, has been earmarked as Alan Stubbs’ key signing of the January window.
The 27-year-old has not played for Celtic since the 22nd August in Celtic’s 3-1 win over Dundee United at Tannadice and following comments made by the striker on twitter in late November after not being selected to be part of the Celtic squad to take on Inverness Caley Thistle he was fined and banned for two weeks by the club.
With the former Arsenal and Sunderland forward surplus to requirements, despite Ronny Deila’s comments that he still has a future at Celtic, the loan move to Hibernian makes sense for both clubs and for Stokes especially as he needs to get valuable first team game time under his belt as he considers where his future lies.
Hibernian are currently in a three-way tussle with Falkirk and Rangers for the Championship title and Stokes would be a boost to Hibernian’s chances of usurping current league leaders Rangers with a potential partnership with Jason Cummings – who has scored 16 goals this season for Stubbs’ side.
Stokes is out of contract in the summer of 2017.