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EX-HOOPS STRIKERS ON MOVE

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TONY WATT and Anthony Stokes, two former Celtic strikers, are on the move.

The ex-Hoops marksmen have had varied careers since quitting Parkhead.

Watt has been told he can leave Bulgarian outfit CSKA Sofia for free after just arriving at the club in the summer. He has started seven games and claimed three goals in his brief spell.

He has been left out of the club’s winter training camp in Spain with reports in Bulgaria suggesting he’s been told he can leave for nothing.

Watt, who netted the memorable winning goal for the Hoops against Barcelona in a Champions League encounter in Glasgow in 2012, left St Johnstone to move to CSKA after he failed to agree a new deal to stay at McDiarmid Park.

The one time-capped Scotland international has also played for Airdrie, Belgian outfits SK Leuven, Lierse and Standard Liege, Hearts, Blackburn Rovers, Cardiff City and Charlton.

According to a report in the media, St Mirren and Dunfermline are both said to be interested in the 26-year-old hitman.

GREEN FOR GO…Anthony Stokes is heading for Iran.

Meanwhile, former Republic of Ireland international Stokes has agreed a six-month deal with Iranian side Persepolis.

The 31-year-old forward has been out of football since being released by Turkish second-tier outfit Adana Demispor two months ago.

Stokes has been on his travels since he left Parkhead following a loan spell at Hibs where he helped them win the Scottish Cup with two goals against Mark Warburton’s Ibrox side in the 3-2 victory in 2016.

The hitman, who won the last of his nine international caps in 2014, moved to Blackburn Rovers before returning on a permanent basis to Easter Road a year later.

His contract was terminated by Neil Lennon during his spell in charge of the Edinburgh club and he joined Greek club Apollon Smyrmi before a stint with Tractor in the Persian Gulf League.

Stokes then switched to Turkish club Adana Demirspor in July last year, but he had his two-year contract terminated in November after scoring only one goal in six appearances.

The player kicked off his career with Arsenal, but established himself with a successful loan spell with Falkirk in 2006, scoring 14 goals in 16 SPL games.

 

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