Time for Steve Evans to revisit Leeds interest in Celtic rebel Anthony Stokes

Charlie Mulgrew And Anthony Stokes

Anthony Stokes has been suspended by Celtic, so should Leeds revisit their previous transfer interest?

Anthony Stokes' future at Celtic has been thrown into doubt after he was suspended by the club, The BBC reported. 

The former Arsenal trainee angered management after ranting on Twitter after he was left on the bench against Inverness.

There was a further more angry tweet laden with expletives too - and boss Ronny Deila has sought to lay down the law to the striker.

Well as one door looks like closing, another may open, especially considering he has been in demand over the past year.

Leeds United are the club which have been reported to hold a consistent interest in the 27-year-old Republic of Ireland international.

Back in 2013 under Brian McDermott, The Star claimed Leeds wanted Stokes at the club, while The Scotsman reported this January that Leeds United were tracking the forward, but were unable to strike a deal because they were under a transfer embargo.

The Mail reported in the summer that Leeds were still monitoring the striker - but Celtic's desire to sell at only £2 million meant there were no takers.

Now Stokes' transfer value will have plummeted, not just through his behaviour, but via the way he has been overlooked this season, playing in only two games.

Last season he scored seven times and provided seven assists in 21 league starts, and has a record of 76 goals in 192 games for Celtic.

Leeds United may decide Stokes is more trouble than he is worth, certainly at a club which has it's own fair share of dysfunction, but head coach Steve Evans has been vocal about wanting characters in his squad, and is unlikely to be put off by the striker's current plight.

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