JOHN Hughes and Anthony Stokes could link up for a third time in Scottish football after the Irish striker was linked with a loan move to Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
Stokes, 27, has fallen out of favour at Celtic and has been linked with numerous clubs including Hibernian, Cardiff and Leeds.
The Irishman still harbours hopes of making his country’s Euro 2016 squad and is keen to get games under his belt.
Stokes played under Hughes at Falkirk, and it was ‘Yogi’ who brought the former Arsenal kid to Easter Road during his time as Hibs boss.
And despite extending striker Miles Storey’s loan from Swindon until the end of the season, Hughes could make a move for Stokes to bolster his attacking options.
Stokes was slapped with a two-week suspension by Celtic after he tweeted his frustration at not making the squad to face Inverness CT in an away match, tweeting: “Buzzing to be brought all the way up to Inverness with the team to sit in the stands today. lovely weather for it too.”
He has since deleted the tweet, but incurred the wrath of manager Ronny Deila. The striker was suspended days later, with the Celtic boss insisting that a ‘number of incidents’ had prompted the suspension.
Hughes said last month that Stokes was ‘not a bad lad’, adding: “He is a maverick of a footballer, a loveable rogue.
“I was aware of all the Twitter stuff that was going on and I was aware of his frustration. And I could understand it.
“I said to him: ‘Stokesy, do me a favour. Don’t let the penny drop when it’s too late.’
“I told him to go prove people wrong, to knuckle down.”
The Inverness boss also revealed he makes a point of keeping in contact with Stokes.
The ex-Hibs striker, who joined Celtic in 2010, has made just two appearances this season and was told by Deila in August last year that he wasn’t part of the Norwegian’s long-term plans at Parkhead.