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Championship duo fail in race to secure deal for Celtic striker

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Bolton Wanderers and Birmingham have both seen late bids for Celtic striker Anthony Stokes turned down.

Stokes will be staying at Celtic for the time being

Stokes will be staying at Celtic for the time being

HITC are reporting that a deal for the out of favour Celtic forward could not be completed in time and that neither the player nor Celtic are keen on resorting to a short-term loan move.

Anthony Stokes has an impressive strike record at Celtic, raising questions as to why he is being offloaded.

However, it now appears that the player may remain at the Scottish Champions until at least January when the next transfer window opens.

However, Celtic boss Ronny Deila has told Stokes that has no future at the Scottish Premiership Champions.

Talks with a number of English clubs had begun in regards to the services of Stokes, yet no agreement was made before the 6pm transfer deadline on Tuesday – Celtic failed to come to any sort of agreement with other clubs to make the transfer happen.

Bolton and Birmingham were the two disappointed clubs as they both aimed to strengthen their squads as the Sky Bet Championship season moves into full swing.

Neil Lennon, ex-Celtic boss and current Bolton boss, was desperate to sign Stokes to bolster his attacking options in the face of a disappointing start to season in which his side have scored just the one goal.

Attacking options are limited at Bolton and they are disappointed not to have capture the Celtic forward before the deadline yesterday.

Similarly, Birmingham manager Gary Rowett saw a late bid for the striker deflected as a potential deal seemed to break down.

Birmingham currently sit in seventh place in the Sky Bet Championship, whilst Bolton are languishing in 23rd position in the league, after a poor start to the season.

Bolton and Blues fans….. What do you make of this news? Would this have been a good signing for the club? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!


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