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Three weeks! Stokes tipped for sharp exit from Livingston

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Anthony Stokes is reported to be ready to quit Livingston- without kicking a ball for the club.

The former Celtic striker signed a season long deal last month but is believed to be struggling to come to terms with training on the Tony Macaroni surface with an early severance in the interests of both parties.

Stokes was signed to replace the goals of Lyndon Dykes but with Livi scheduled to face Celtic on grass this Saturday they could be back in the market for a striker.

The Sun reports:

SunSport understands the former Celtic star, 32, has struggled to adapt to Livi’s daily use of astroturf and could now leave the club without playing a single minute for them.

Gary Holt’s side train and play on the Tony Macaroni’s plastic surface and that can have a big impact on a player’s body.

Stokes is set to hold talks with Livi chiefs in the next 24 hours in a bid to find a solution but an amicable parting of the ways is a possibility — leaving Holt back in the hunt for a striker to replace Lyndon Dykes.

Since leaving Celtic in May 2016, despite scoring twice for Hibs in the Scottish Cup Final, Stokes’ career has been on a downward spiral.

A four year contract at Blackburn was cut sort by Tony Mowbray, Neil Lennon terminated a further stint at Hibs with the 32-year-old turning out for clubs in Greece and Iran in recent seasons.

With three SPFL Premiership clubs playing on plastic it looks like Stokes will be on the move again with his six seasons at Celtic the longest spell at one club in his career.

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