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EX-CELTIC TARGET UP FOR GRABS

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SCOTLAND international midfielder James Morrison is on the brink of returning to Middlesbrough.

The 32-year-old, who was on Brendan Rodgers’ radar shortly after his move to Celtic in May 2016, is up for grabs after coming out of contract at West Brom.

Tony Pulis, his former manager at the Hawthorns, is keen to bring the player back to the Riverside, but Blackburn Rovers and Derby County are also interested.

Morrison, who still has a year’s option on his West Brom contract, started his career at Boro and made his debut in January 2004, coming on as a substitute in an FA Cup win over Notts County.

He was part of the side that reached the UEFA Cup Final in 2006 before joining West Brom the following year.

Morrison was restricted to just six appearances as the Baggies were relegated from the Premier League last season after sustaining an Achilles tendon injury on international duty in October.

He scored three goals – the last in the 3-2 loss in the friendly against England at Wembley in August 2013  – in 47 appearances for Scotland.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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