Celtic's £2m Jack Stacey link exposes West Brom's missed opportunity

New West Ham manager Slaven Bilic looks on during the UEFA Europa League match between West Ham United and FC Lusitans at Boleyn Ground on July 2, 2015 in London, England.

Have Championship outfit West Bromwich Albion left it too late for Luton Town's Jack Stacey with Scottish Premiership champions Celtic now linked.

Jack Stacey and teammate Harry Cornick of Luton Town celebrate their side winning the league after the Sky Bet League One match between Luton Town and Oxford United at Kenilworth Road on...

Just like this time last year, West Bromwich Albion are badly in need of a new right-back.

Tosin Adarabioyo and Mason Holgate have returned to Manchester City and Everton after their loan deals expired and, to make matters worse, both Allan Nyom and Craig Dawson are expected to leave The Hawthorns before the summer comes to an end.

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So one of Slaven Bilic’s first tasks will be to scour the market for new full-backs. Yet this would not be a problem if West Brom had signed Jack Stacey from Luton Town when they had the chance.

 

According to the Mail, West Brom failed with a bid to sign 23-year-old Stacey last year and he is now more coveted than ever. Rightly so too, after the highly-rated full-back produced four goals and eight assists to fire Luton to the League One title.

These days, Celtic are interested with the Sun suggesting that Stacey could make a £2 million move to Parkhead.

Jack Stacey of Exeter City celebrates after the match with fans after scoring the winning goal during the Sky Bet League Two Play off Semi Final Second Leg match between Exeter City and...

And while plenty of cynics may write off the Scottish Premiership, the chance to fight for titles and play European football in the famous green and white shirt is surely too good to turn down.

So West Brom have a decision to make. Either they react to Celtic’s interest and renew their interest – or they leave it too late and wonder what might have been as a player who ticks so many boxes slips through their grasp.

L-R Jack Stacey of Luton Town and Sam Mantom of Southend United

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