Stubbs keen to link up with Stokes again at Rotherham

Alan Stubbs and Anthony Stokes built up a good rapport at Hibs
Alan Stubbs and Anthony Stokes built up a good rapport at Hibs
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Alan Stubbs admits he’s keen to be reunited with former Hibs striker Anthony Stokes at Rotherham United.

The Irishman earned lifelong hero status among the Easter Road support last month when he scored a double in the historic Scottish Cup final victory over Rangers.

However, Stokes’ man-of-the match performance at Hampden – in his last game of a five-month loan stint at Hibs – hasn’t been enough to convince new Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers that he is worthy of retention. The Parkhead club had the option to sign him for another year and potentially cash in, but they have decided to release him to find a new club.

Stubbs, who left Hibs to become Millers manager last week, was impressed with the 27-year-old’s form towards the end of his loan stint at Easter Road and believes the faith he showed in him last term could persuade him to move to Yorkshire.

“I wouldn’t rule out an interest in Anthony Stokes, but we wouldn’t be on our own,” said Stubbs. “There will be a number of clubs interested him, particularly if it’s a free transfer. I know him from his time at Hibs and at Celtic. Obviously, it doesn’t hurt that I have a good relationship with him already.”

It remains to be seen if new Hibs boss Neil Lennon, who managed Stokes at Celtic, will attempt to bring him back to Easter Road.