Anthony Stokes seemingly confirms desire for Celtic to appoint Roy Keane and hopes to prove himself upon Parkhead return

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The striker is currently out on loan with Scottish Championship side Hibernian.

Anthony Stokes has insisted that he wants to prove a point once he returns to Celtic next season and seemingly confirmed that he would like to see Roy Keane become Hoops boss after heaping praise upon the Republic of Ireland assistant coach, The Scottish Sun reports.

The 27-year-old is currently on loan with Hibernian having struggled for opportunities under Ronny Deila this season. But with the Norwegian set to leave Parkhead at the end of the campaign, it appears that Stokes will have a fresh chance to prove himself when he returns to the Bhoys.

And he appears to have confirmed which manager he wants to be working under upon returning to his parent club.

"Celtic haven't taken up my year option yet so if I do go back it's down to me to prove myself," he told The Scottish Sun.

"At Sunderland, Roy Keane signed me when I was there. I've worked with him a lot.

"He's been a bit more in the background with Ireland. He's someone I've always had a lot of respect for and I have always got on well with him.

"One of his best features when he was a manager was that you always knew where you stood with him."

Though Stokes was not prolific during his time working under Keane at the Stadium of Light, or on the occasions he has been called up to the national side, his form for Alan Stubbs' men may help him convince the next boss - whoever that may be - that he still has a role to play at Celtic Park.

Although the former Arsenal trainee's record for the Scottish Championship side is not hugely impressive, his seven goals in 23 appearances would perhaps move him above Colin Kazim-Richards and Carlton Cole in the pecking order, potentially making him the first person the next manager could turn to if Leigh Griffiths is unavailable at any stage. 

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