Anthony Stokes wants Celtic stay

Anthony Stokes celebrates after scoring the first goal for Hibernian

Celtic-owned striker Anthony Stokes scored twice for Hibernian against Ibrox side Rangers in the Scottish Cup final.

Anthony Stokes scores the first goal for HibsAnthony Stokes scores the first goal for Hibs

Celtic striker Anthony Stokes has told The Daily Mail that he will send new manager Brendan Rodgers a DVD of the Scottish Cup final match.

Stokes is back at Celtic after a loan spell at Scottish Championship outfit Hibernian.

The Republic of Ireland international struggled for playing time under departed Celtic manager Ronny Deila in the first half of the 2015-16 campaign.

Celtic - Brendan Rodgers Press ConferenceCeltic - Brendan Rodgers Press Conference

The 27-year-old was sent out on loan to Hibernian in the January transfer window, and he did quite well at Easter Road.

Stokes could not get Hibs promoted to the Scottish Premiership, but he did play a key role in the Edinburgh side winning the Scottish Cup final.

The former Sunderland striker scored twice, as Hibernian got the better of Rangers 3-2 at Hampden Park in Glasgow.

Anthony Stokes celebrates with teammates after scoring the first goal for HibernianAnthony Stokes celebrates with teammates after scoring the first goal for Hibernian

The Republic of Ireland international has made it clear that he wants to remain at Celtic next season.

Stokes has also jokingly said that he will send a DVD of the Scottish Cup final to Rodgers in order to convinced the former Liverpool boss to include him in his plans for the 2016-17 campaign.

“Fingers crossed Brendan Rodgers watched the Scottish Cup final,” Stokes laughingly told The Daily Mail. “If not, I will be sending him a DVD.”

“I've always said since day one that I wanted to go back to Celtic,” added the striker. “It was always in the back of my head that I'd be able to do that. But, when the decision is taken out of your hands, there's not a lot you can do.

“You can only concentrate on the football and hopefully let that do the talking. Hopefully I will get an opportunity to get back to Celtic and prove myself.”

Stokes has been on the books of Celtic since 2010 and has a contract until June 2017.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is presented to the fans after the press conferenceNew Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is presented to the fans after the press conference

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