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Dublin: 18 °C Thursday 6 August, 2020

After his recent troubles, Irish striker Anthony Stokes proved the hero tonight

Still in the Euro 2016 mix, he scored twice for Hibernian to put them into the Scottish Cup semi-finals.

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IT HASN’T BEEN an enjoyable time for Anthony Stokes recently.

Pushed out of Celtic due to disciplinary problems and with a court case still ongoing, the striker is now on loan with Hibernian and trying to find some form to force his way back into contention for a regular role with his country.

Named in the Republic of Ireland’s provisional 40-man squad for the upcoming friendlies with Switzerland and Slovakia, he scored twice in his side’s Scottish Cup quarter-final victory against holders Inverness.

Caley Thistle had another familiar face in their ranks as former Irish underage international Richie Foran started his first game in almost a year and a half after a torrid time with injuries.

Starved of first-team football under Ronny Deila at Celtic Park, Stokes is picking up valuable minutes and has now grabbed four goals for Alan Stubbs’ side since joining in late-January.

Hibs will face Dundee United in the final four with the winner taking on Celtic or Rangers in the decider.

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