Pat Bonner convinced that Anthony Stokes' time at Celtic is over

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The forward has just returned from a two-week suspension imposed by the club.

Celtic legend Pat Bonner is convinced that Anthony Stokes will have to leave Parkhead for the good of his career after seemingly damaging his relationship with manager Ronny Deila beyond repair, the Daily Record reports.

The 27-year-old is just returning from a two-week suspension imposed by the club after he took to Twitter to vent his frustration at being left out of the squad to face Inverness Caledonian Thistle in November (via Daily Record).

And while Bonner believes that Stokes is actually a better option than at least one of the men Deila continues to select up front, he thinks that the writing is on the wall for the former Arsenal trainee due to the treatment he has received in comparison with some of his teammates.

"I can't see any way back for him at Celtic," he said. "It looks that way when you suspend a guy for a fortnight when there are other players in the squad who have mishaps but play then the following Saturday."

"Kris Commons, Scott Brown and Ciftci have been involved in disciplinary issues but for whatever reasons they were dealt with differently.

"Stokes will realise that and see it's time to move on. It's a shame because his next club won't be anything like the stature of Celtic. He's an Irish lad and he supports the club.

“He had a fantastic opportunity to play for the club but he hasn't taken it under the new manager. It's a shame. He's a better player than Ciftci at this stage," he added.

The need for the social media outburst was perhaps building over several weeks, or maybe even months, as Stokes has continually been overlooked by Deila this season.

Although he appeared in the Bhoys' very first game of the campaign, a Champions League qualifier in July, he has made just one appearance since, which came all the way back in August. 

The arrivals of Nadir Ciftci and Carlton Cole, as well as the impressive form of Leigh Griffiths, has left Stokes - who has over 50 league goals for the club since joining in 2010 - on the periphery of the side. And while Deila appears willing to give him one final chance, Bonner believes that the damage has already been done. 

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