David Hay has suggested in The Glasgow Evening Times that Anthony Stokes does not have a future at Celtic.
The 27-year-old striker has been on the books of the Scottish Premiership giants since 2010 and has a contract until June 2017.
Stokes was not pleased with manager Ronny Deila’s decision to leave him out of the Celtic squad for last weekend’s Scottish Premiership game against Inverness Caledonian Thistle away from home.
Former Celtic midfielder Hay does not see any way that Stokes could remain at Celtic after his public outburst, but he has admitted his surprise that the Irishman has not played more than he has.
“Before I go on, I’m actually surprised that he has been involved so rarely this season,” the 67-year-old has written in The Glasgow Evening Times. “I believe the Irishman to be a good striker, but Ronny Deila obviously doesn’t fancy him.
“Stokes has scored some important goals for Celtic and I do get why he is so frustrated. But it is now hard to see a way back for him.
“The fact he has been punished with a two-week suspension by the club says a lot about his future, or lack of it, at Celtic Park.”
“I think it is best for player and club if there is a parting of the ways,” added Hay. “I can’t see anything else happening. “
Celtic are on course to winning the Scottish Premiership title this season.
The Hoops are at the top of the league table at the moment with 39 points from 16 matches, as many as seven points clear of second-place Aberdeen.