West Brom fans react to Samaras exit; Celtic supporters open to return

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The Greek forward has been released by West Brom - but the news has caught the eye of the Celtic faithful, too.

West Brom announced on Friday afternoon that Georgios Samaras will be leaving the Hawthorns after a less-than-successful season at the club - during which he was also loaned out.

The 30-year-old joined the Baggies after leaving Celtic on a free transfer but, a year later, is in exactly the same position, with both parties agreeing to terminate his deal by mutual consent.

 Premier League GoalsAssistsChances CreatedMinutes PlayedAppearances
Saido Berahino 14 1 28 2,929 38
Brown Ideye 4 2 11 1,296 24
Victor Anichebe 3 1 18 1,034 21
Georgios Samaras 0 0 0 67 5

As Opta stats show, Samaras fell well short of making the desired impact at West Brom last season. While Saido Berahino pitched in with 14 goals, the Greek forward only managed 67 minutes - across five separate appearances.

Naturally, though, much of that was down to injuries and fitness. Brown Ideye's four-goal haul is also not that much better considering the money spent on him.

While it makes sense for West Brom to have released Samaras, then, Celtic fans are now debating on Twitter whether to take the 30-year-old back.

The Bhoys already have four strikers in their squad but would having Samaras back as a fifth - for free - harm Celtic in any way? It would probably depend on his wages... Here's how both Celtic and West Brom fans took news of Samaras's release on social media:

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