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Published: 18:19 | 19/1/16

Ireland's Stokes joins Hibs

Striker joins on loan from Celtic

Republic of Ireland striker Anthony Stokes has signed for Hibernian on loan until the end of the current season.

Celtic man Stokes previously played for Hibs in 2009 and 2010, scoring 24 goals in 48 appearances for the Edinburgh side.

The 27-year-old has been starved of first-team football at Parkhead this season, finding himself suspended by the club last month for complaining on Twitter about his lack of playing time.

Hibs boss Alan Stubbs, though, is delighted to bring Stokes in, as the Easter Road outfit attempts to catch Rangers in the battle to finish top of the Championship.

“Anthony is a fantastic footballer and will really strengthen the squad," the former Everton defender told Hibs' official website.

“We have a number of options in attack and real competition for places, which is what every manager wants.

“We are excited about Anthony coming here and I think he will prove to be a real asset.”

Stokes, who has also played for Falkirk, Sunderland, Sheffield United and Crystal Palace during his career, reportedly rejected offers from England, as well as from Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Dundee United, in opting to return to Hibs.

The Dubliner has earned nine caps for his national side at the senior level, albeit without so far registering a goal.

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