'Cross the line' - Manager confirms Celtic reunion off after disciplinary blow
Hibernian manager Neil Lennon has confirmed that former Celtic forward Anthony Stokes will not face a reunion with the Hoops on Saturday after his discipline issues at the Edinburgh-based club.
The 29-year-old forward has found himself frozen out of the first team at Hibs after he and teammates Martin Boyle and Danny Swanson were found to have breached a curfew during the club’s training camp in Portugal over the winter break.
He has been a crucial member of the club’s squad this season, netting 11 goals in 21 appearances, but that has not stopped Lennon, who will be returning to Celtic Park after his managerial spell with the Hoops, from criticising his behaviour.
He was quoted by the Daily Record as stating: “For every player, it is the same premise: it is your livelihood and what you are paid to do and you have to act accordingly.
“Sacrifices have to be made and there has to be a dedication to your game.
“Sometimes players cross the line and that’s understandable, but sometimes they cross the line too many times and they have to be responsible for their actions.”
Stokes, who has picked up nine caps for the Republic of Ireland, spent six years at Parkhead after signing from Hibs in 2010, and went on to star up front with 76 goals and 66 assists in his 192 appearances for the club.
However, after rejoining his former side on a free transfer last summer, the Daily Record claim that he could now face the exit door after his disciplinary blow, with a move mooted prior to Wednesday’s transfer deadline.
In other Celtic transfer news, a Hoops colossus has agreed the terms of an exit from the club.