ANTHONY STOKES will sign his loan agreement with Hibs tomorrow morning that will keep the Celtic striker at his former Easter Road club for the remainder of the season.
CQN revealed the move last Monday and the Edinburgh side’s gaffer Alan Stubbs hopes to activate the contract before training.
The Premiership hopefuls could have done with the Republic of Ireland international frontman’s finishing qualities as they had to settle for a 1-1 draw at Falkirk today where Jason Cummings got their equalising goal.
Stubbs had hoped to play Stokes against Peter Houston’s outfit, but said: “There are still a couple of things to be sorted. Hopefully, they will be taken care of in the morning.”
The attacker has not featured in a Hoops first team game since August and has been deemed surplus to requirements by Ronny Deila.
The Hibs boss acknowledged some other managers would be scared away by the negative perceptions of Stokes, but he said: “I have no problem with him and I’m actually looking forward to working with him.
“I’m not afraid to work with someone who has a bit of personality. Probably because I was a rogue myself as a lad. I like the challenge.
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“At the end of the day everybody has feelings and everybody is a human being and it’s how you treat them. I think the biggest thing is that I respect the players 100 per cent.”
Liam Henderson, another player on loan from Celtic, says that is something to which Stokes will respond.
He added: “I think it would suit him here, it’s the type of football that I know Stokesy would enjoy. It’s passing, movement, wee flicks here and there and if he came here I think he would thoroughly enjoy it.”