Assistant boss believes James Morrison's decison to stay at West Bromwich Albion has been vindicated

West Bromwich Albion's James Morrison celebrates scoring their second goal with team mates

Morrison's old club Middlesbrough were reportedly keen on the West Bomwich Albion midfielder last summer, along with Scottish champions Celtic.

James Morrison has vindicated his decision to stay at West Bromwich Albion, according to Baggies assistant boss Dave Kemp.

Morrison was strongly linked with a return to Middlesbrough last summer - the club at which the midfielder began his career - but eventually agreed to extend his Hawthorns stay just days before his contract was due to expire.

The decision appeared to have been a mistake, with Morrison playing just 27 minutes of West Brom's first eight Premier League fixtures - and not featuring at all in four.

West Bromwich Albion's James Morrison celebrates scoring their first goalWest Bromwich Albion's James Morrison celebrates

According to the Daily Record, Celtic made an attempt to land the Scotland international in the final few hours of the summer transfer window, with Morrison said to have been tempted by a move to Parkhead.

The 30-year-old has missed just one of the Baggies' proceeding 15 league games, however, scoring five goals and creating another to fire his team to eighth in the standings.

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And Kemp, who believes that Morrison is getting "back to his best", told the Birmingham Mail. "He signed his contract here, he’s happy to be here, and he’s playing well.

"In business you have to be realistic. If players think they can earn £200 million somewhere else you have to give them the opportunity.

West Bromwich Albion's James Morrison celebrates scoring their first goal with team matesWest Bromwich Albion's James Morrison celebrates

"But in the cold light of day, staying here at West Brom proved to be the right decision."

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Morrison's deal only runs until the end of next season, and the Baggies may need to put together a new package to ward off the likes of Middlesbrough and Celtic.

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