Manager declares interest in departing Celtic striker

Rotherham manager Alan Stubbs has stated that he is interested in bringing striker Anthony Stokes to the Championship club.

Celtic have announced that the Irishman will be allowed to leave the Scottish champions this summer after Brendan Rodgers decided the 27 year old did not figure in his first team plans.

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Speaking before the announcement, new Millers boss Stubbs said he wouldn’t rule out a move for Stokes, especially if he is available for free, but that there would also be many other clubs interested in the Republic of Ireland international.

He told the BBC:

“I wouldn’t rule out an interest in Anthony Stokes. But we wouldn’t be on our own. There will be a number of clubs interested him, particularly if it’s a free transfer.

“I know him from his time at Hibs and at Celtic. Obviously, it doesn’t hurt that I have a good relationship with him already.”

Stokes spent the second half of last season on loan at Scottish Championship side Hibernian, playing under Stubbs, and scored 10 goals as the Edinburgh club won the Scottish Cup, beating Rangers 3-2 in the final, but they failed to achieve promotion back to the top flight of Scottish football.

They lost 5-4 on aggregate in the play-off semi final to Falkirk.