Date: 14th June 2009 at 10:08am
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West Brom captain Paul Robinson would jump at the chance to join boss Tony Mowbray at Celtic – assuming he is unveiled as the new manager. And so it begins…!

According the the Sunday Mail the “left-back – who came close to signing for Celts last summer – hopes Mogga will make a £1.5million move to bring him north”. That will really cheer the West Brom fans up.

While it would be easy to dismiss the story as mere press speculation, Celtic do need a left-back and Robinson has been rumoured to be eager to leave West Brom as, at 30, he doesn’t fancy playing in English football’s second tier.

The Sunday Mail quoted Robinson as saying: “I’m desperately disappointed about the gaffer leaving. I’d heard a few whispers about it towards the end of the season and had a good idea he wouldn’t be able to resist going back to Celtic.

“He will be a huge loss to West Brom but it’s a massive bonus for Celtic. I know a few of the players are not happy we’ve lost him and I include myself in that. I’m considering my future and if the chance came to go to Celtic with the gaffer I’d be delighted to do so.

“I came close to moving to Parkhead last year but it didn’t happen. Maybe it will now. I would love to move to a Premiership side but working with Tony at a huge club such as Celtic is appealing. I enjoyed the gaffer’s training and the football he had us playing.”

Putting aside the thought of a 30-year-old also-ran moving to Parkhead, Robinson’s suggestion that Mowbray “will be able to marry attractive football and success at Celtic Park” is more pleasing – especially as it has been some time since Celtic played attractive football.

However, if the summer transfer window is to be filled with rumours linking Celtic with players like Robinson it is certainly going to drag on a bit. Even if Celtic can’t compete financially with the “television-money clubs”, there must be some decent players available for a decent price somewhere in the world.

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