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Anthony Stokes is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Scottish Premier League club Celtic and the Republic of Ireland national football team.
Stokes began his senior career with Arsenal, but established himself with a successful loan spell with Falkirk in 2006, scoring 14 goals in 16 SPL games. Stokes then signed for Sunderland in a 2 million deal, but he struggled to hold down a place in the Sunderland first team. He moved back to Scottish football when Hibernian signed him for 500,000 in August 2009. He again enjoyed success in the SPL, scoring over 20 goals in his only full season with Hibs.
Stokes moved to boyhood heroes Celtic shortly after the start of the following season, for a fee of around 1.2 million.
On 31 August 2010, Stokes signed a four year contract with Celtic. Stokes made his Celtic debut on 11 September 2010, in a 3-0 win against Hearts. He scored his first goal for the club in his second appearance on 19 September, the winning goal in a 2-1 victory against Kilmarnock. Stokes scored a brace in a League Cup tie, against Inverness in a 6-0 win and another double in the quarter final against St. Johnstone in a 3-2 win. On 6 November, Stokes recorded his first hat-trick for Celtic in an SPL record 9-0 victory over Aberdeen.
After scoring a 90th minute penalty in 1-1 draw at New Douglas Park with Hamilton on 12 January 2011, Stokes entered a rich vein of form, scoring another penalty and an over-the-shoulder volley in a 3-0 win at Easter Road against Hibernian three days later. He rounded the goalkeeper and scored the winner in a 1-0 home win against Aberdeen the following week. He scored from a free-kick and a tap-in from a good refereeing advantage in a 4-0 home thrashing of Hearts on 26 January and kept his cool from the spot and scored another penalty in a 4-1 win at Hampden Park in the semi-final of the League Cup against Aberdeen.