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Celtic manager hoping to get Stokes to sign new deal

Updated: Monday, 16 Jul 2012 10:56

Anthony Stokes' future remains uncertain
Anthony Stokes' future remains uncertain

Celtic manager Neil Lennon insisted Friday he wants Republic of Ireland striker Anthony Stokes to remain at Parkhead despite reports the player is set for a move.

The 23-year-old has been at Celtic since 2010 but is out of contract next summer.

"I've not heard a thing about other clubs being interested. He had a great season last year," he said.

"He's still young - still only 23 - even though he's been around the British game for what seems a lot longer.

"There is scope for him to improve. He's a goalscorer and I wouldn't be in too big a hurry to let him go."

But Lennon was also realistic about the prospect of selling Stokes if a new deal could not be arranged so the forward does not leave for free in 12 months' time.

"He's in the last year of his contract and that's something we'll be looking at over the next few weeks once we get back and talk things through," he said.

"Every player has his price and Anthony would be no different in that regard. But 21 goals last year speaks for itself."

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