Anthony Stokes closing in on move to Turkey

By Hamish Carton

July 15, 2019

Former Celtic forward Anthony Stokes looks like he’s about to complete a move to Turkey.

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The Irishman, last seen playing for Tractor in Iran, is set to move to Adana Demirspor. The Daily Mail report that the 30-year-old is due to sign a two-year contract with the Turks after rejecting offers from Salford and Bolton.

Stokes will undergo a medical with the second-tier side on Tuesday ahead of completing a move.

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Stokes can add Turkey to an exotic list

It seems quite remarkable that Stokes will only celebrate his 31st birthday later this month. The Republic of Ireland international seems to have been around for yonks and still has a good few years left in him.

As well as playing in Iran, Stokes has also tasted Greek football, had three different spells with Hibernian and played for the likes of Crystal Palace and Blackburn Rovers down south.

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He was never Celtic’s most talented player but he always had a knack of popping up with big goals at big times. Stokes netted 77 goals for the Hoops – a total only bettered by Kris Commons and Leigh Griffiths since he left.

That kind of contribution will never be taken for granted at a club like Celtic. We wish him all the best if his move to Turkey does go ahead.