Celtic sign Anthony Stokes from Hibernian


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Celtic have made their 11th signing of the summer transfer window. The Parkhead club have secured the signature of Anthony Stokes from Hibernian.

The deal was completed on Tuesday when Stokes completed a medical before travelling to Celtic Park to put pen to paper on a four-year deal. The clubs had agreed a transfer fee that could rise to £1.2 million for the 22-year old.

The Irishman will be unveiled as a Celtic player on Tuesday afternoon.

Stokes came through the ranks at Arsenal and was a huge hit while on loan at Falkirk in the 2006-07 season. He subsequently moved to Sunderland but failed to hold down a starting place and was sent out to Sheffield United and Crystal Palace on loan.

John Hughes brought the forward back to the SPL last summer and Stokes found his shooting boots again. The striker found the net 23 times for the Edinburgh club last season, becoming Hibs top scorer.

Celtic have been busy in the transfer market already this summer and have now made further changes in the striking department. Gary Hooper has been recruited from Scunthorpe United but is sidelined until October by injury.

Marc-Antoine Fortune was sold to West Bromwich Albion last week and Morten Rasmussen has gone out on loan to Bundesliga side Mainz meaning Lennon was keen to add more firepower to his squad.

Hibs have moved quickly to line up a replacement, drafting in former Falkirk striker Darryl Duffy on a season-long loan deal from Bristol Rovers.