Anthony Stokes excited about Celtic return following Brendan Rodgers' appointment

The striker is set to return to the Scottish Premiership side following a loan spell with Hibernian.

Anthony Stokes is delighted with Celtic appointing Brendan Rodgers as their new manager, not least because he is hoping to use the change as a chance to prove himself at Parkhead, the Evening Times reports.

The 27-year-old has spent the latter half of this past season out on loan with Scottish Championship side Hibernian after making just two appearances for the Hoops before January. 

But after impressing at Easter Road, Stokes is hopeful that Rodgers' appointment will see him given another opportunity at his parent club.

"I haven't worked with Brendan or met him. I haven't crossed paths with him in my career at all but I obviously know of him and I have to say that I thought it was a really great appointment from Celtic. He has a great reputation from playing attractive football and setting his stall out to go and win games," he told the Evening Times.

"One of the reasons I wanted to go out on loan was to get fit, play games and be as sharp as I possibly could be. I feel that I am there now and hopefully if I get the chance to go back then I get the opportunity to show that. It is a blank canvas for everyone when a new manager comes in and it is a chance to go and stake a claim for a place in the team."

While Leigh Griffiths' form means that signing a main striker does not need to be on Rodgers' list of priorities, he surely has reason to be concerned about the lack of depth in that position.

Neither Carlton Cole or Colin Kazim-Richards has been able to capture the imagination during their spells with the Bhoys. And with the Northern Irishman looking to lead the side on some kind of European run, he will be desperate to add more depth up front to take some of the burden off Griffiths' shoulders.

Stokes scored nine goals during his loan spell. And his brace in the Scottish Cup final against Rangers demonstrated that he has the ability to shine on the big occasion, which may have seen him move straight up the pecking order. 

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