Report: Rodgers faces first transfer decision as Birmingham prepare bid for Anthony Stokes

Celtic's Anthony Stokes looks dejected after missing a goal scoring opportunity

Birmingham City are reportedly preparing a move for Celtic striker Anthony Stokes.

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

According to The Scotsman, Birmingham City are ready to make a bid for Celtic striker Anthony Stokes this summer, leaving Brendan Rodgers with a decision to make.

Rodgers came in as Celtic manager earlier this month, and arrives with a huge squad at his disposal, but acknowledged that some players will need to leave this summer.

Celtic's Anthony Stokes celebrates scoring their third goalCeltic's Anthony Stokes celebrates scoring their third goal

Now, the Northern Irishman could be posed with his first big transfer decision, as The Scotsman report that Birmingham City are prepared to launch a bid to sign outcast striker Anthony Stokes.

The Republic of Ireland forward, 27, joined Celtic way back in 2010 having impressed with Scottish rivals Hibernian, and he has gone on to make almost 200 appearances for the Bhoys, hitting 76 goals in the process.

Hibernian's Anthony Stokes (L) in action with Ross County's Andrew DaviesHibernian's Anthony Stokes (L) in action with Ross County's Andrew Davies

Yet, having become something of a misfit under Ronny Deila, Stokes was sent out on loan to former club Hibs back in January, and that loan deal is now over after nine goals in 25 games.

Now under new management, Stokes may be hoping that he gets more of a chance under Rodgers, and Celtic can activate a one-year option on his contract this summer to ensure that any interested clubs have to pay a fee for the forward.

Celtic's Anthony Stokes looks dejected after missing a goal scoring opportunityCeltic's Anthony Stokes looks dejected after missing a goal scoring opportunity

The former Arsenal, Sunderland, Sheffield United and Crystal Palace man is now wanted back in England, as Birmingham City - who had ex-Rangers man Kyle Lafferty on loan at the end of this past season - seek attacking reinforcements.

Stokes would have a greater chance of first-team football at St. Andrews, but the decision over his future will ultimately lie with new manager Rodgers.

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