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Former Celt lands surprise four year contract

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Anthony Stokes has signed a new four year contract with Iranian side Tractor Sazi.

The former Celtic striker moved to Iran in August with most cynics reckoning that his stay would be measured in terms of weeks rather than months.

Stokes left Hibs under a cloud in January and moved to Iran after a short goal-less spell in Greek football with Appolon Symrnis.

Undaunted he opted to head for Iran where his career has thrived under the guidance of John Toshack.

Eight goal in eight matches including four in the one game against Esteghlal Khuzestan has earned him the respect of his team-mates and opponents.

Stokes has had a wandering career since moving to Arsenal as a kid, scoring goals for fun on loan at Falkirk and earning a big money move to Sunderland.

Off the field incidents have dogged his career with Brendan Rodgers bringing his Celtic career to a halt just short of 100 goals with four SPL winners medals to his name.

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