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EX-CELT FACES THE SACK

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FORMER Celtic striker Anthony Stokes is poised to be sacked by his Greek club after going missing for over a week.

The ex-Republic of Ireland international signed for Athens outfit Apollon Smyrni earlier this year after being released by Hibs boss Neil Lennon, who finally lost patience with his off-field antics.

Stokes’ spell in Greece has failed to work out and he has failed to score in his four appearances for the club.

Last week, they revealed the 29-year-old frontman, who has also played for Arsenal, Falkirk (on loan), Sunderland and Blackburn, had failed to turn up for training and had offered no explanation for his absence.

He’s now been AWOL for over a week and they are ready to rip up his deal.

An Apollon statement said: “The player is in clear breach of his contract. He has failed to even contact us during the period he has not turned up for training.

“As a consequence of this, we are looking if we can legally terminate his contract.”

It’s the latest controversy in the career of Stokes, who has had three spells at Hibs and went into the history books following his two goals in the Scottish Cup Final that gave them a 3-2 win over Sevco Rangers in 2016 which ended the Edinburgh side’s 114-year wait.

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