John Collins confirms Celtic plan to loan out striker Anthony Stokes

The forward is currently well down the pecking order at Parkhead.

Celtic assistant manager John Collins has confirmed that the club plan to let Anthony Stokes leave Parkhead on loan during the January transfer window, The Scottish Sun reports.

Despite boasting an impressive record for the Bhoys since his move in 2010, the 27-year-old has struggled for game-time this season, with only two appearances in all competitions under his belt. And Collins explained that Stokes is expected to temporarily leave the club this month. 

"Stokesy will probably go on loan somewhere, it's not been decided where," he said, as reported in The Scottish Sun.

"The manager and him have decided it would be good for him to go and get some game time. That’s what he needs.

"There are a number of clubs interested in him. We won’t force him to go somewhere he doesn’t want to go.

Stokes has been fairly lethal in front of goal during his time with the club, scoring 58 goals in 135 Premiership games. However, he has been somewhat unlucky that for the entirety of Ronny Deila's tenure at Celtic Park, Leigh Griffiths has been in excellent form.

The former Wolves man has scored 36 times in 54 games, and has inspired the Hoops to the top of the table once again this term. His 15 strikes make him this season's top goalscorer in the entire division, and with Nadir Ciftci providing decent support, it appears that Stokes' chances of earning a recall are extremely bleak. 

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