ANTHONY STOKES yesterday admitted that the appeal of working again with his former boss at Celtic is the reason why he putting pen to paper on a two year contract with Hibs today.
The former Blackburn Rovers player was recently released from his contract at the Lancashire club and despite having various more lucrative opportunities to move abroad, instead opted to join up with Neil Lennon at Easter Road.
The pair had a hugely successful time together at Celtic and of course Stokes completed his second spell at Hibs, while on loan from Celtic, by scoring twice in that never to be forgotten Scottish Cup Final win over Rangers.
The 29-year-old arrived at Edinburgh Airport yesterday and the Irishman admitted that the four years he spent at Celtic with Lennon as his gaffer has made all the difference as he sets about getting back to playing football.
“He was a big part of it,” Stokes admitted. “He knows me well and got the best out of me when I was at Celtic so I’m hoping he can do the same this time around.
“I haven’t played in a while so I just need to get back at it and get as fit as I can as quickly as possible.
“I’ve been doing my own thing, maybe I’m missing a bit of sharpness but my fitness is fine.
“It’s just match sharpness and getting a touch of the ball again.”
And Neil Lennon, who already has brought Efe Ambrose to Easter Road, is also keen to add another former Celt to his squad.
Kris Commons, who left Celtic in May, last month revealed that he is ready to join up at Easter Road if his recent back operation is a success and he is able to resume his playing career.