Hay believes ‘persona non grata’ will be given another chance by new Celtic boss

Celtic legend Davie Hay has backed Anthony Stokes to be given another chance by new manager Brendan Rodgers.

The Northern Irishman spent the second half of last season on loan at Scottish Championship side Hibernian, but Hay believes that his performance in the Scottish Cup final against Rangers, where he was the stand out player, may mean the new Hoops boss could give the player a second look.

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The 27 year old was “persona non grata” under previous boss Ronny Deila according to Hay but the former Celtic midfielder wrote in his column for the Glasgow Evening Times, that the player should have a clean slate going into pre-season training:

“I think we can all appreciate that he didn’t quite see eye to eye with Ronny Deila but a new manager means a clean slate for everyone and when it comes down to it, he has done his chances of another shot at the club no harm at all with that performance in the William Hill Scottish Cup final.

“He was persona non grata for a while at Celtic Park but the fact is that he still has something to offer and if he can come back with his head in the right place, knowing that he is on a final chance to make it with Celtic then we might see the best of him.”

Stokes has been a controversial figure at Celtic Park with problems both on and off the field, but Rodgers does have experience with dealing with difficult players such as Luis Suarez and Mario Balotelli, although he has had mixed results with the aforementioned pair.