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Celtic's Anthony Stokes linked with possible exit: Three questions and reaction

Celtic forward Anthony Stokes has been linked with a potential exit to Championship side Bolton Wanderers.

The Scotsman is among the sources to suggest that former Celtic manager Neil Lennon is interested in a reunion with his former player Anthony Stokes, with Championship side Bolton reportedly keen on a move for the forward.

It would be an interesting move if it happened, considering Stokes has been a good attacking option for current Bhoys boss Ronny Deila, with seven goals in Scottish Premiership action so far this season.

We’ve looked at three key questions the link creates as well as some initial reaction on Twitter from Celtic fans.

Why should Celtic keep him?

They should consider trying to keep him because he’s a versatile player and has done a job in different positions for the team this season.

He can play through the middle and down either side of midfield, which gives the manager different options when other players are out of action and unavailable.

Why should Celtic sell him?

According to transfermarkt he has two years left to run on his current deal and with the club under no pressure to sell, they can get a very good price for him if Bolton make their interest official.

The club would still have Stefan Scepovic, with a point to prove, and Leigh Griffiths as options, with cash to bring in other players, which suggests they could cope.

Who would replace him?

It’s unclear with Deila previously admitting he’s reluctant to start transfer plans until Champions League football has been confirmed.

The Daily Record has reported that Dutch side Feyenoord have already made a play to sign Celtic’s on loan striker John Guidetti from Manchester City and that suggests Deila may have to sign two forwards in the summer if both leave.

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