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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Stokes looks to USA as Mulgrew returns

ANTHONY Stokes could be on his way out of Celtic but the most significant news out of Parkhead for Ireland boss Martin O'Neill over the weekend was the return of Charlie Mulgrew after injury, writes Paul Hyland.

Stokes (right) is fully fit but hasn't started a game for Ronnie Deila since the start of April and recent speculation suggests that like James McClean, he has been looking to America, although he has been linked with both Leeds and Cardiff.

Stokes' is unlikely to feature in the crunch Euro 2016 battle against Scotland at the Aviva on June 13 but another Celtic man, Mulgrew, could be centrally involved.

Mulgrew helped Scott Brown dominate midfield against Ireland in November but he has been sidelined since December until a 45 minute cameo against St Johnstone last Friday night.

"Can Charlie come back in for Scotland? He could play 90 minutes no bother because he's naturally fit.," said Scotland skipper Brown.

"What he's got is a lot of talent, a great brain and he understands the game - so that would get him through anything. He can play in a few positions.

'The Ireland game at Celtic Park was a real battle. Charlie and I played well together that night, we understand each other and it's a good combination.

"It's good for him to have a couple of games at the end of the season to get back into the Celtic team. It shows how much he wants to play for the club and for the Scotland games," claimed Brown.

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