Irish forward Anthony Stokes has been released by Celtic.
Former 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.
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.
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.
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...
To be fair I reckon Rodgers is aiming for higher calibre of striker than Stokes no offence. But he hasn't produced for Celtic for years!— ANDYBHOY (@andybhoy801) June 8, 2016
Only real surprise to see Stokes leaving is the fact that we didn't try to get money for him. Times are changing. #RodgersRevolution— Murray Macdonald (@DMMacdonald96) June 8, 2016
Stokes had a good record for us playing up front. People forget he played majority of his last few years as a winger. He's a striker— John McKenzie (@JohnMcKenzie88) June 8, 2016
Why are we releasing stokes? Surely there's a fee there.— Rab kilday (@kilday_r) June 8, 2016
Honestly glad to see the back of stokes, delighted with the ambition at celtic the now!! Good player but not revolution good! Cheers tony— Kenny McCue (@kennymccue88) June 8, 2016
Seen the best of Stokes when Hooper was with us, glad to see squad being cut, atleast another 8 need to follow him out the door.— Chris Doc (@BigDoc87) June 8, 2016
At the end of the day Stokes isn't good enough for us. Never has been never will be, onwards & upwards— Sean (@seanb84) June 8, 2016
Gutted about stokes can see him joining lennon at hibs— dale_schmeet (@DaleSchmeet) June 8, 2016
Do you think Celtic were right to release Stokes?