Former Celtic striker turned Sky Sports pundit believes that former Hoops forward Anthony Stokes will find another club after leaving Livingston this week, reports the Sky Sports Scottish Football podcast.
Stokes quit the Scottish Premiership side without playing a game for them, with BBC Sport reporting that his departure was due to his unease at training on an artificial pitch.
Despite not being able to settle down at a club in recent times, Walker is confident that Stokes’ career is not over yet, and he also paid tribute to his time at Celtic.
“Don’t think it’s quite the end”
“I think he’s got so much talent, he was such a big player for Celtic for a long time, scored quite heavily…I don’t think it’s quite the end yet, I still think you’ll be able to find someone, who’ll be able to give him a chance in England somewhere” Walker said (17/09/20, 35:48).
Stokes was an excellent player at Celtic. That should not be forgotten about. In his time with the Hoops, he scored 76 goals and had 64 assists in 192 appearances.
That is a more than respectable total for a striker, in fact it is excellent. He also won four league titles, two Scottish Cups and a league cup with the Hoops.
Formed superb strike partnership
His partnership with Gary Hooper was a highlight of Neil Lennon’s first spell in charge of the club. The duo complimented each other tremendously.
It will be interesting to see where Stokes ends up next. Andy Walker mentioned England, and he has had a spell in England before fairly recently, at Blackburn Rovers in 2016. He also of course started his career in England, at Arsenal in 2005.
Stokes is still only 32 years old, he could still have a few years of service to offer a team. Perhaps a Championship team will offer him a chance. He is the type of player who could perform well in that league.
For now though, he is without a club. As Walker identifies, that is unfortunate. In his time with Celtic, he was a more than decent player, he was excellent.