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EX-CELT STOKES HEADS FOR POLAND

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FORMER Celtic striker Anthony Stokes is heading for Poland in a bid to get his faltering career back on track.

The Republic of Ireland international scored two goals for Hibs in their historic Scottish Cup Final win over Rangers last May while on loan from Parkhead.

New boss Brendan Rodgers opted against taking up the 12-month option on his contract and he joined Blackburn Rovers on a three-year deal as a free agent in June.

Now Stokes, 28, who has scored only three goals for the struggling Championship outfit, looks certain to join Polish title-chasers Jagiellonia Bialystok on loan for the remainder of the season.

Ewood Park gaffer Owen Coyle is willing to let the Irish striker leave and with the Polish transfer window open until February 28, a deal is expected to be done in the next few days.

Neil Lennon, his ex-Hoops manager, was linked with a bid to bring him back to Easter Road last month, but the move never got off the ground.

Stokes recently escaped jail in Dublin after pleading guilty to assault. He was given a two-year suspended sentence.

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