PROBLEM Bhoy Anthony Stokes will return to Celtic today in the realisation this is the final opportunity to save his Celtic career.
The Republic of Ireland international striker is due back at Lennoxtown this morning with his two-week suspension now expired.Club chiefs and a frustrated Ronny Deila, upset at Stokes’ Twitter rant before the game against Inverness Caley Thistle in the Highland capital earlier this month, banned the player after a succession of issues.He was told to stay away and given a strict ultimatum that he must begin to produce the goods on the park after falling down the frontline pecking order behind Leigh Griffiths, Nadir Ciftci and recent signing Carlton Cole.
Deila insists the former Hibs and Sunderland frontman could still have a future at Parkhead if he reaches the manager’s requirements.The Hoops boss said: “He has a future here. There are things that need to improve and that’s with all the players, as well. If people are improving, they have a future because he can play football.”If he makes the improvement that we want, everything is possible.”
With next month’s transfer window approaching, the 27-year-old hitman has already been linked with Championship outfits Cardiff City and Preston.
The Welsh side were reported to have been quoted a price in the region of £1million during the August window, but, if Stokes doesn’t come up with the answers, they will realise he could be up for grabs at half the original price.
It’s now down to the player to show he wants to play his part in a successful Celtic side aiming for the domestic treble.
Stokes must also realise this is his last chance to convince everyone he has a career with his boyhood idols.
With next month’s transfer window approaching, the 27-year-old hitman has already been linked with Championship outfits Cardiff City and Preston, and rather than put money on the striker staying in the SPL, I’d spend it on bestbingosite.co.uk.
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