By Danny Wright

17th Apr, 2018 | 2:15pm

Celtic likely to sign PL playmaker in summer, but he is a lifelong Ger - Football Whispers

West Brom midfielder James Morrison is the second most likely player to sign for Celtic in the summer transfer window, according to a report.

Football Whispers claims that Morrison, 31, is firmly in the running to end up at Parkhead with his contract at The Hawthorns due to expire within the next couple of months.

Morrison is the longest-serving player at West Brom having signed for them from Middlesbrough in 2007, however injury problems have meant that he has barely kicked a ball this season as the Baggies brace themselves for an inevitable relegation.

Football Whispers, which gathers all transfer rumours across the globe and calculates the likelihood of them happening, rates it 2.8 out of 5 that the 46-times Scotland international will join Celtic – even though is a lifelong Rangers fan.

The Premier League playmaker has admitted to the Express in the past that he would like to play for the Light Blues before the end of his career.

“Rangers is just a team I’ve followed since I was a kid so it would be great to play there in the future,” he said in 2011.

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Morrison has made 317 appearances in all competitions during his 11 year spell at West Brom, scoring 39 goals and supplying 36 assists in the process.

Football Insider verdict

Celtic really do not need any central midfielders in the summer and even if they did, Brendan Rodgers should not be looking to sign up a Rangers fan. Morrison is expected to have his testimonial at West Brom in the summer alongside Chris Brunt, so there’s every chance that he could still sign a new deal with the Black Country club. If the midfielder was to go anywhere in Scotland, surely it would be Rangers. The Light Blues will be happy to seal a free transfer for the Scotland international, especially as it could reunite him with old pal Graham Dorrans in the midfield. Celtic have other options and Rodgers usually looks to sign younger players rather than those in their 30s.

In other Celtic news, the Hoops have made an offer for this international centre-forward to become the best-paid player in Scottish football.

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