Report claims Celtic made decision on Anthony Stokes' contract after his display against Rangers

Anthony Stokes scores the first goal for Hibs

Celtic will reportedly turn down the chance to terminate Anthony Stokes' contract this summer.

Anthony Stokes scores the first goal for HibsAnthony Stokes scores for Hibernian against Rangers

According to the Daily Mail, Celtic decided to snub a termination clause in Anthony Stokes' contract after his performance for Hibernian against Rangers - but are still looking to sell him for £500,000.

The Bhoys snapped up striker Stokes from Hibernian back in 2010 having hit 24 goals in 48 games for the Easter Road club, and he quickly became a key player for Celtic.

Anthony Stokes celebrates after scoring the first goal for Hibernian

Stokes, 27, has smashed 76 goals in 191 games for Celtic, but fell out of favour under former manager Ronny Deila, eventually leading to him being sent back out on loan to Hibs.

Since his return to Edinburgh, Stokes has scored nine goals in 25 games for Hibs, and is now set for a return to Celtic under their new manager Brendan Rodgers.

Celtic's Anthony Stokes celebrates scoring their third goal

Now though, the Daily Mail have shed some light on his contract situation at Celtic Park. It's claimed that Celtic had the option to terminate Stokes' contract this summer, but they decided to ignore that option after watching his man-of-the-match performance in the Scottish Cup final against Rangers last month.

Stokes scored twice against Rangers to seemingly convince Celtic that, rather than end his contract and let him go for nothing this summer, they can earn a transfer fee from another club.

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

It's added that Celtic are looking to sell Stokes for around £500,000 this summer, and Alan Stubbs - who managed him at Hibernian this past season - is keen on a reunion having recently taken the reins at Championship club Rotherham United.

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