Former Celtic goalkeeper Patrick Bonner expects Anthony Stokes exit

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Former Celtic goalkeeper Patrick Bonner believes that controversial striker Anthony Stokes will be sold in January after his recent disciplinary problems.

Stokes has been out in the cold recently after being handed a two week suspension by the club for comments he made on social media.

The striker travelled with Celtic to play Inverness but was then omitted from the squad and forced to watch from the stands, which led to his outburst.

The 27-year-old has now serving his full punishment and will have the chance to fight his way back into contention under boss Ronny Deila.

However, former stopper Bonner believes that Stokes is unlikely to force his way back in and expects he will be sold in January.

The Bhoys currently have Leigh Griffiths, Nadir Ciftci and Carlton Cole as striking options and Bonner feels Deila still has a problem with the Irishman.

Bonner has urged Stokes to get his head down in training in order to try and prove his commitment to the Celtic, who are 1.01 to win the title, but he admitted it might be too little too late.

He said: “I can’t see any way back for him at Celtic. It looks that way when you suspend a guy for a fortnight when there are other players in the squad who have mishaps but play then the following Saturday.

“Kris Commons, Scott Brown and Ciftci have been involved in disciplinary issues but for whatever reasons they were dealt with differently.

“Stokes will realise that and see it’s time to move on.

“It’s a shame because his next club won’t be anything like the stature of Celtic. He’s an Irish lad and he supports the club.”

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