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EX-CELT ON BRINK OF EXIT

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FORMER Celtic striker Anthony Stokes is on the brink of leaving Livingston – after only THREE weeks.

The Republic of Ireland star has yet to make an appearance for the West Lothian outfit after agreeing a one-year deal last month.

And now the much-travelled 32-year-old frontman could be on his way again after his failure to adapt to Livi’s daily training on their notorious astrotuf pitch, according to a report in the Scottish Sun.

Stokes, who spent six years at the Hoops after signing from Hibs in 2010, is set to hold talks with Livi chiefs in the next 24 hours in a bid to find a solution, but it could end with his latest contract being scrapped.

The one-time Arsenal, Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers hitman, who was the Easter Road club’s two-goal hero in their 3-2 Scottish Cup Final triumph over Mark Warburton’s Ibrox outfit in 2016, had been out of football since being released by Iranian side Persepolis in May.

Stokes, who also had a short stint in Greece with Apollon Smyrmi, was keen on a fresh start with Livi.

However, it is increasingly likely the player who scored 58 goals in 135 league appearances during his Parkhead career will be looking for a new club in the near future.

Brendan Rodgers called a halt to his stay at the Hoops in the summer of 2016 when the forward was due to return from his loan spell at Hibs. The incoming gaffer refused to exercise the one-year option on Stokes’ contract and he joined ex-Celt Tony Mowbray at Blackburn Rovers before returning across the border for his third stint in Leith a year later, signed by Neil Lennon.

A decision is expected on the player’s Livi future later this week.

 
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