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Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers should consider West Brom's James McClean

West Bromwich Albion midfielder James McClean in action during the Premier League Asia Trophy match between West Brom and Crystal Palace at Hong Kong Stadium on July 22, 2017 in Hong Kong,...

Should the West Bromwich Albion winger interest the Celtic manager this winter?

West Bromwich Albion midfielder James McClean looks on during the Premier League Asia Trophy match between West Brom and Crystal Palace at Hong Kong Stadium on July 22, 2017 in Hong Kong,...

It is no secret that West Bromwich Albion winger James McClean is a big Celtic fan.

His Republic of Ireland team-mate Shane Duffy reminded the masses of McClean's affection for Celtic on Sunday by posting a snapchat video of the West Brom ace.

In it, McClean was writing a text and narrator Duffy joked that it was a message to Brendan Rodgers asking the Hoops manager to bring him to Glasgow.

West Bromwich Albion midfielder James McClean in action during the Premier League Asia Trophy match between West Brom and Crystal Palace at Hong Kong Stadium on July 22, 2017 in Hong Kong,...

It goes without saying that the moment was simply a bit of banter from the Brighton centre-back, but you wonder if a move to Paradise makes sense for both parties.

The 28-year-old will have 18 months to go on his West Brom contract by the time January comes around and it isn't unthinkable that he would consider a move away when the window re-opens - especially considering he hasn't started a Premier League match for the Baggies since mid-August - and particularly if Celtic come knocking.

Jonny Hayes (R) of Celtic and Paul Smyth (L) of Linfield during the Champions League second round first leg qualifying game between Linfield and Celtic at Windsor Park on July 14, 2017 in...

With Jonny Hayes struggling in a big way to justify his £1.3 million move from Aberdeen, it's also not unthinkable that Rodgers would trade in the 30-year-old for a better and younger model in January.

Celtic are unlikely to be a Champions League team beyond January but they might very well be a Europa League one if they can pip Anderlecht - whom they beat 3-0 in Belgium last month - to third spot in a group also involving Bayern and PSG.

 

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Strength in depth will be key if they have designs on enjoying a good run in that competition whilst balancing their domestic commitments, and McClean is simply a much better option to have in the squad than Hayes.

According to Transfermarkt, the West Brom man is worth around £2.6 million - or €3 million. He would cost twice as much as Hayes but, then again, he is twice the player.

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