After falling out of favour under Ronny Deila, Stokes went on loan to Hibs in January but failed to pull up any trees overall during his time in Edinburgh.
That is, of course, until the Scottish Cup final, where a Stokes-inspired Hibs team ended 114 years of frustration by beating Rangers at Hampden.
The Irish striker scored twice and put in a brilliant performance – just two days after Brendan Rodgers had been unveiled as the Deila’s successor at Celtic.
Such an outstanding performance – against the Hoops’ biggest rivals, no less – could have perhaps tempted Rodgers into giving Stokes another chance at Parkhead, but it appears the former Liverpool boss has other plans for his new-look front line.
Fans reacted to the news of Stokes’ departure in various different ways:
There were those who reckon it’s pretty much a good move all round:
The funny thing about Stokes is that his fans can actually name all the good games he's played since he arrived …
— Mr.Greens QC (@brianboru67) June 8, 2016
Stokes set to be handed free transfer out of #Celtic – No doubt he has talent but too one dimensional for us. Frustratingly selfish at times
— Shia LaGall (@TheGallatron) June 8, 2016
Looks like Rodgers has got things under hand if it's true commons & stokes are leaving two trouble makers who caused it for Deila
— scooby (@Ag5Scooby) June 8, 2016
@MarkColls14 we want in champs league stokes isn't answer
— Simply [⭐] Celtic (@Mcginty_Bhoy) June 8, 2016
Did we pay Stokes the rest of his career out or did he leave per mutual termination? Casino's should be aware of this.
— CelticFM (@FMCeltic) June 8, 2016
Good decision by @celticfc not to go for another year with Anthony Stokes IMO. Think a move away might revitalise him too.
— Terry O'Brien (@terry_obrien86) June 8, 2016
There are those who want to see him end up at Hibs with Neil Lennon – or even Rotherham with Alan Stubbs:
Stokes to Hibs or Rotterham then
— Ciaran Headridge (@CiaranHeadridge) June 8, 2016
Lennon's first port of call should be to get Tony Stokes signed up ASAP. Hiyaaa stokesy….hiyaaaaa paaaaaal!!
— Kevin Boyd (@KevvBoyd) June 8, 2016
If Lennon gets Stokes and Henderson on permanent deals it'll make ma summer
— Sneds (@seansneds1875) June 8, 2016
Hopefully Lennon makes a move for Stokes ?
— John Tough (@_JohnBoy1) June 8, 2016
And there are even some Rangers fans who’d take a cheeky punt on him:
Stokes would be a great signing.
Bluenose,loves the Rangers.
Get it done!
— Smiffty4 (@Smiffy54AC) June 8, 2016
Stokes for Ibrox? I'd go for that #timplosion
— Ned Stevens (@Ned_Stevens) June 8, 2016
Unpopular opinion; We should sign Stokes for a laugh.
— Frankie (@Frankie_1001) June 8, 2016
Stokes for Rangers……. i really need to stop sniffin glue #glue
— Big Enge (@RogerBigenge71) June 8, 2016
Sign Stokes just for the banter
— Follow Follow (@r_o_b_e_r_t_0) June 8, 2016
What do you think of the news?