By Will Butcher
West Brom midfielder James Morrison has revealed that he is working hard to regain his first-team place at the club.
The 30-year-old was the subject of a deadline day approach from Celtic, after falling down the central midfield pecking order at the Hawthorns behind the likes of Claudio Yacob, Darren Fletcher and Craig Gardner.
Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, former Middlesbrough midfielder Morrison compared himself to Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas as he tries to earn himself a spot in Tony Pulis’ starting eleven.
“Look at Cesc Fabregas,” Morrison told the Birmingham Mail. “I’ve seen his quotes. His challenge of getting back into the team, and I feel that situation myself.
“My situation is I’m trying to get into the team. I’m fully buying into that. I’ll keep working hard and wait for my chance. I’m experienced enough now to know what football’s about.”
The Scotland international made just 19 appearances in all competitions for the relegation candidates last season, and has played just over half an hour of Premier League football this season across three substitute appearances.
Following the transfer window, Morrison told the Glasgow Evening Times that he would be keen on a move to the Scottish giants to guarantee first-team football and will assess his options in January.
But it seems that the goalscoring midfielder has backtracked on those comments with his focus being on the first team at West Brom.
Manager Brendan Rodgers had eyed a move for Morrison, as he brings with him a wealth of top-flight experience after playing 279 Premier League matches down south.
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