Former Celtic and Republic of Ireland striker Tony Cascarino has clear advice for Anthony Stokes

Charlie Mulgrew And Anthony Stokes

The striker was recently suspended by the club.

Celtic have handed out their punishment to striker Anthony Stokes after his recent Twitter outburst, with the forward suspended by the club for two weeks.

The Irishman tweeted after travelling with the squad to the game in Inverness to then be left out of the team for the game.

His foul-mouthed tweet was not a smart idea but was born out of understandable frustration.

Stokes has been completely frozen out by Celtic manager Ronny Deila and has not played for the club since the 3-1 win against Dundee United in August.

Now he has been urged to force a move away from Parkhead by a former Republic of Ireland international and Celtic player.

Tony Cascarino, who scored 19 times for Ireland in 88 appearances, believes Stokes must leave the club if he is to earn a place in the Ireland team for next summer's European Championships.

He is quoted by the Herald Scotland as stating:

“He needs to go out and play somewhere if he is to stand any chance of being part of the Republic of Ireland set-up at Euro 2016.

“At the moment, he has got no chance of getting a game. But if he can get a run of matches somewhere and score some goals that could easily change. He has to be playing football though.

“Sure, he hasn’t been playing at Celtic this season, but Anthony is just 27 which is still young enough to resurrect his career. He can still play at a decent level. He is having a tough time just now, but he can still do a good job for somebody.

"He has to move on, get a game and start scoring goals again.”

The former Marseille striker has a very good point.

Martin O'Neill has plenty of options in the striking department and if Stokes is not playing regularly he is simply not going to get picked ahead of the likes of Shane Long, Darryl Murpjhy, Jon Walters or Robbie Keane. With David McGoldrick, Simon Cox, Kevin Doyle and Adam Rooney also pressing, Stokes needs regular football and fast.

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