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EX-CELT POISED TO RETURN

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FORMER Celtic striker Anthony Stokes is poised for a Parkhead comeback – as a Livingston player.

The 32-year-old Republic of Ireland international frontman is wanted by the West Lothian club to replace Lyndon Dykes who joined Queens Park Rangers in a £2million deal earlier this week, according to a report in the Daily Record.

Livi boss Gary Holt views Stokes as the ideal addition to his squad and is eager to push through the deal for the free agent within the next 24 hours.  He could make his debut against Aberdeen on Sunday.

The much-travelled attacker is a free agent after he returned from Iranian club Persepolis following the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

Stokes, who will mull over a one-year contract, could face Neil Lennon’s side at Parkhead on Saturday, September 19.

The Irish ace, who started his career at Arsenal, has had spells with Apollon Smyrni, Tractor and Adana Demirspor before he returned to Iran.

Stokes left the Hoops in 2016 after his loan spell at Hibs where he helped the Easter Road side win the Scottish Cup with two goals in a 3-2 victory over Mark Warburton’s Ibrox side.

 
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