Celtic fans offer split opinion on Twitter after Anthony Stokes' exit, some are surprised

Celtic's Anthony Stokes celebrates scoring their third goal

Irish forward Anthony Stokes has been released by Celtic.

Celtic's Anthony Stokes celebrates scoring their third goalFormer Celtic striker Anthony Stokes

Celtic have confirmed on their official website this evening that forward Anthony Stokes has been released, making him a free agent.

New Bhoys manager Brendan Rodgers has some big decisions to make this summer, as many of the current squad simply aren't good enough - and one decision has already been made with Stokes on the way out.

Anthony Stokes celebrates after scoring the first goal for Hibernian

The Irish forward, 27, joined Celtic from Hibernian back in the summer of 2010, having smashed 24 goals in 48 games for the Easter Road club.

Stokes, formerly of Arsenal, fared well under Neil Lennon, hitting 68 goals in his four seasons under the Northern Irishman, but thinks turned sour under Ronny Deila.

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

Stokes was turned into a left winger under the Norwegian before falling out of favour completely, with a less-than-perfect relationship between the two - all of which led to him returning to Edinburgh with Hibs in January.

With nine goals in 25 games - including two in the Scottish Cup final against Rangers - Stokes looked to have proved his worth, and was heading back to Celtic with hope that he could convince Rodgers that he was worth keeping.

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

However, Celtic decided this evening that Stokes can leave, and rather than activate a one-year option and sell him, the Bhoys have simply chosen to release Stokes from his contract and make him a free agent.

Since the announcement, Celtic fans have been taking to Twitter to give their opinions on the news, with something of a split decision amongst Bhoys supporters.

Some are happy to see Stokes move on as they don't think he's good enough for the club's ambitious new direction under Rodgers, but others are disappointed to see him leave, having watched him thrive under former boss Lennon.

Others are even surprised to see Celtic release Stokes as they feel he is worth selling, whilst most fans are ultimately looking for more players to leave the club this summer...

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