LIVINGSTON have confirmed the signing of ex-Celtic striker Anthony Stokes on one year deal. Stokes was one half of the lethal striking partnership with Gary Hooper from 2010-2013 under Neil Lennon. Stokes scored 76 goals in 191 appearances, winning four league titles, two Scottish Cups and one league cup during his time with the Scottish Champions.
Brendan Rodgers’ arrival resulted in Stokes’ release in May 2016, weeks after he helped Hibs win the Scottish Cup. The 32-year-old has been without a club since leaving Iranian side Persepolis this year and Gary Holt’s side have announced the signing of the Irishman.
🆕| Livingston FC is thrilled to announce the signing of Irish striker Anthony Stokes on a one-year-deal following his departure from Persian Gulf Pro League champions, Persepolis in Iran.
— Livingston FC (@LiviFCOfficial) August 22, 2020
Stokes refused to return to Iran due to the Coronavirus pandemic in February but his agent managed to get him out of his contract early from the Tehran club. Now, Livi have swooped to bring him in to replace Lyndon Dykes.
His off-field antics often shadowed his talent and after a nomadic few years ranging from Turkey, Greece and Iran, Stokes can settle with Livi. Stokes has over 130 goals in Scottish football and would be a good acquisition by the West Lothian side.