Hughes lines up Stokes deputy
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
John Hughes feels Darryl Knights could replicate Anthony Stokes' impact at Falkirk.
John Hughes is convinced Anthony Stokes will stay at Falkirk, but feels Darryl Knights could replicate the Irishman's impact.
Stokes is due to return to Arsenal on Sunday, but Falkirk are hoping to keep the young striker until the end of the season.
However, there is interest from Celtic and Charlton Athletic, with the player yet to make a decision on his future.
"I'm 100 per cent convinced he'll still be with us after New Year, but he's an Arsenal player and we have to respect their decision," said Hughes.
"For his development I think it would be best to leave him at Falkirk playing really competitive SPL football."
But if Stokes does not return to Falkirk, Hughes has lined up Ipswich Town youngster Knights as a replacement.
Hughes added: "It's all about budgets and if I can bring in one or two to strengthen my squad and keep us in the SPL then that's me doing my job and that's what I'll be trying to do.
"Hopefully one would be Darryl Knights. Darryl will score goals.
"We were fortunate Ipswich gave us a chance to have a look at him and I was very impressed."