Birmingham looking to take controversial Celtic striker off Rodgers’ hands

English Championship club Birmingham City are interested in signing Celtic striker Anthony Stokes, according to The Scotsman.

The 27-year-old spent last season on loan at Scottish Cup winners Hibernian after falling out of favour under previous manager Ronny Deila.

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Stokes’ contract at Celtic Park is up this summer, but the Hoops do have the option of extending the Irishman’s stay for an extra year.

The striker has said he is happy to stay at the club and convince new manager Brendan Rodgers that he deserves a place in the side, but the contract extension could also be used to command a fee from the Blues, allowing the new Celtic boss to use the money to reshape the squad.

Stokes has been involved in numerous controversies during his time at Celtic, and is currently on bail for allegedly assaulting an Elvis impersonator in Dublin – he will be on trial near the end of the year.

His poor disciplinary record may see Rodgers consider allowing the player to depart Parkhead.