Reported Celtic midfield target would consider move in the January window
By Will Butcher
West Brom star James Morrison would seriously consider a move north to Scottish champions Celtic after seeing a loan bid rejected on deadline day.
The 30-year-old midfielder was the subject of an enquiry from Brendan Rodgers’ side on Wednesday as the clocked ticked down on the final hours of the summer transfer window.
The Celtic manager was keen to bring in a creative midfielder to give him more depth as the club prepare to take part in the Champions League, but West Brom rejected the offer.
Speaking to the Glasgow Evening Times, Morrison said that he would have moved to the Scottish giants to guarantee first-team football and will assess his options in January.
“It was just an enquiry, that was all,” he told the Evening Times. “Obviously, I am not playing at my club at the moment and there was an enquiry. But the club said no.
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“January is a long time away, but I would have to seriously consider my position at the club if I am not playing. I will have to look at it.
“I haven’t had a chance to play in many games. It is hard for the management at the club to throw me back in when I haven’t played for so long. They are under pressure as well.”
The Scotland international made just 19 appearances in all competitions last term for the Baggies, and has less than two years remaining on his current Hawthorns contract, although the club have the option of another year.
Morrison, who has 38 caps for Scotland, is desperate to be playing again after being left out of Gordon Strachan’s side that beat Malta 5-1 on Sunday.