Anthony Stokes offered contract by Iranian side Esteghlal

By Hamish Carton

January 3, 2020

Anthony Stokes has been given the chance to succeed where former Celtic team-mate Gary Hooper failed after being offered a contract to return to Iranian football with Esteghlal.

Last summer we told you how the Iranian top-flight side had wanted to sign former Celtic goal machine Hooper, only for the proposed deal to collapse.

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And it seems like the Tehran side were keen admirers of Neil Lennon’s first Celtic side as they plot a move for Hooper’s former strike partner Stokes.

The Scottish Sun report that Stokes, who has already played in the country with Tractor, has been offered an 18-month deal with the cash rich club who are currently in fifth place in the league.

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Esteghlal move would make Stokes a lot of money

Given that Stokes has already enjoyed some time in the country you wouldn’t be totally surprised if he took up the opportunity to return. He is clearly not afraid to try something different and recently spent some time in Turkey with Adana Demirspor.

He is still only 31-years-old so has a good few more seasons in him if he can find somewhere happy to play his football.

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Iran may not be the wisest choice at present but the Irishman did always like to take a risk.

Now the likes of Georgios Samaras and Efe Ambrose will just be keeping an eye out. Esteghlal clearly have some old footage from Celtic’s 2011/2012 season kicking about.