Celtic assistant manager John Collins has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he believes Anthony Stokes is going to cause Rangers problems in the Scottish Cup final.
Stokes was loaned out by Celtic to Hibernian earlier in the campaign, and he has become an important player for Alan Stubbs’ side.
Stokes is likely to start for Hibs against Rangers at Hampden Park, and Collins believes that the forward will cause Mark Warburton’s side problems.
“He started off slowly but he has improved as the months have went by and he has got more game time under his belt,” Collins said. “I haven’t watched him week in, week out but he is a talented football player. In a big game you would fancy Stokes to cause Rangers problems.”
Ronny Deila and Collins decided that Stokes was not in their plans for Celtic, before allowing him to move to Hibs.
It remains to be seen where the former Cardiff City striker’s future now lies, with Deila and Collins both set to leave Parkhead.
Stokes has previously been an important player at Celtic, and a fresh start could put him back into contention with the Bhoys.
He will be looking to sign off at Hibs in style, though, and he has a chance to do that by beating Rangers.
The Gers go into the match as the heavy favourites, but the Ibrox side have not played a competitive match for three weeks.