Report: Anthony Stokes believes Celtic career is 'over', Bhoys ready to sell this summer

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Celtic and forward Anthony Stokes seem set to go their separate ways this summer, according to reports.

According to the Daily Mail, forward Anthony Stokes believes that his Celtic career is over, and the Bhoys are ready to sell him this summer.

Stokes, 26, started his career as a youth player at Arsenal, but after a poor spell with Sunderland, Stokes moved up to Scotland with Hibernian, and his great record for the Edinburgh side earned him a move to Celtic in 2010.

The Irishman has hit 76 goals in 190 games for the Bhoys, but has been a peripheral figure under Ronny Deila this season, initially playing wide on the left before being virtually dropped altogether after the January signings of Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven.

Against St. Johnstone on Friday, Deila handed playing time to fringe players like Lukasz Zaluska, Kieran Tierney and Stefan Scepovic - but Stokes was nowhere to be seen, and the Daily Mail believe that his snub on Friday has indicated that his future at Celtic is bleak.

The report also states that Celtic are now ready to sell Stokes this summer in order to fund moves during the transfer window, with Deila looking to reach the Champions League group stage - something he didn't achieve last year.

It seems that Celtic will have some interested parties too, with the Daily Mail suggesting that Leeds United and MLS side Colorado Rapids are both considering moves to sign Stokes at the end of the season.

They reported in January that Leeds wanted to sign Stokes, and it seems that their interest remains intact, with their transfer embargo now lifted.

The Whites need attacking reinforcements given that Mirco Antenucci finished the season as the club's top scorer with just ten goals, and with Celtic allegedly keen to let Stokes leave, he could find his way to Elland Road this summer.

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