Stokes: Falkirk return unlikely
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Anthony Stokes feels he will not be spending the second half of the season at Falkirk.
Anthony Stokes feels he will not be spending the second half of the season at Falkirk after returning to Arsenal for talks on his future.
The teenage striker scored 16 goals for the club and signed off on Saturday with a hat-trick in the 3-1 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
Falkirk hope to extend the loan, but Celtic, Charlton Athletic and Sunderland are all reported to be interested.
Arsene Wenger is happy for the Irish sensation to stay out on loan, with Stokes suggesting he will not be going back to Falkirk.
"I honestly don't know where my future lies," Stokes told the Daily Express.
"My deal with Falkirk has expired and it hasn't been renewed, so it's a case now of waiting to see what Arsenal want to do and I guess I'll take it from there.
"Even if I do leave the club, which looks likely now, I will always be proud of that achievement (being the SPL's top scorer)."
Meanwhile, Falkirk boss John Hughes has revealed Wolves have joined Hibernian in chasing winger Alan Gow.
Hughes said: "I know Wolves and Hibs want him, but I still want to keep Alan.
"I've told Alan he could get lost at a Championship club, but if he stays at Falkirk for another year I guarantee he'll be on the fringes of the national team and attracting clubs from the Premiership."