Date: 13th May 2017 at 4:09pm
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Anthony Stokes’ miserable spell at Blackburn is expected to end in the coming weeks with the former Celtic striker ready to return to ex-club Hibernian for a third spell, according to the Scottish Sun.

Stokes, who wasn’t part of the side relegated on the final day despite the victory against Brentford, started the season impressively with four goals. But the Irishman, signed on a free transfer by former Blackburn boss Owen Coyle, couldn’t add to these and managed only 14 games for Rovers – having no first team involvement since the turn of the year.

Heading into the climax of the Championship season Tony Mowbray, playing down a fallout, revealed Stokes had been troubled by personal issues. However, the boss said he had been impressed by the natural goalscorer in training.

But, despite having another two years on his Blackburn contract, Republic of Ireland international Stokes isn’t likely to join Rovers into League One as it’s reported he’ll be allowed to leave on a free transfer, joining Hibernian for a third spell, a second on a permanent basis.

His boss at Celtic previously, Neil Lennon is understood to have convinced the Hibernian hierarchy he can get the best out of Stokes, 28, and talks with Hibs have already taken place meaning an Ewood Park exit is imminent.

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