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Hughes confirms interest in Celtic striker Stokes

By January 7, 2016No Comments
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Inverness CT boss John Hughes has confirmed they have made an enquiry into the availability of Celtic striker Anthony Stokes on loan.

Then-Arsenal youngster Stokes was brought to Scottish football by Hughes when the pair were at Falkirk and the striker excelled netting 14 goals in 16 games.

This season Stokes’ future has looked uncertain having fallen out of favour at Celtic Park as well as having a public outburst on Twitter about his lack of game time.

Stokes apologised for the rant and Hoops boss Ronny Deila accepted his apology but it still seems likely that the Republic of Ireland forward could leave the club in January.

And Hughes, who tied up forward Miles Storey contract until the end of the season on Wednesday, confirmed that one of the teams interested in his acquiring his services is the Highland club.

“I’ve known Stokesy since he was a young lad. I brought him from Arsenal up to Falkirk and he was a revelation. There are slight comparisons with Miles and I’d get excited if we can partner these two up front,” he told PA Sport.

“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.”