Hoops land Scotland starlet

Celtic have secured the services of Scotland international Oliver Burke on a loan deal from West Brom until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old, who burst on the scene in the Championship with Nottingham Forest, has since gone on to play in the Bundesliga with RB Leipzig, before joining the Baggies.

Burke is now looking to kick-start his career north of the border after agreeing a loan deal at Parkhead until the end of the season, subject to a medical.

The five-time Scotland capped winger is set to join up with the rest of Brendan Rodgers' squad this week for their winter training camp in Dubai.

Burke has made 21 appearances for the Baggies, scoring one goal, which came this season against Luton Town in the EFL Cup.

Celtic are still top of the Scottish Premiership table despite a 1-0 defeat to arch rivals Rangers in their last outing before a winter break.

The Hoops are 1/5 to win the Premiership title once again this season, while Rangers are 7/2 to claim the Scottish crown.

Celtic are currently 66/1 to go on and win the Europa League this season.

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Moore happy to secure Holgate

West Bromwich Albion boss Darren Moore expects loan signing Mason Holgate to be a more than useful addition for the second half of the Championship season.

The 22-year-old defender has moved to The Hawthorns until the end of the current campaign, having not featured for parent club Everton since mid-September.

However, Moore is in no doubt that Holgate will prove himself to be decent signing for the Baggies, who are currently in third place in the Championship standings after mounting a nine-game unbeaten run.

He told the club's official website: "I tried to bring Mason into the squad in the summer, but at that stage Everton were not willing to release him.

"I want to get our business done as early as possible and this is a good start. First and foremost he is a good, good player. He is quick, agile, athletic and comfortable on the ball.

"He will compete for the right-back and central defensive positions. His enthusiasm to come also impressed me – he wants to play and I believe he is going to be a good addition for us."

Meanwhile, the Baggies have also extended the stay of veteran defender Tyrone Mears until the end of January.

The 35-year-old joined the Baggies in late August, having spent the last two and a half years in the United States and has since made appearances for Albion.

West Brom are 10/11 to gain promotion this season, while they are 4/1 to claim the Championship title.

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Albion stay suits Livermore

Jake Livermore has pledged his future to West Brom by signing a contract extension with the Championship side until 2022.

The 29-year-old former Tottenham and Hull City midfielder has represented England seven times and was one of the five players that were placed on standby for the 23-man squad that was involved at World Cup 2018.

Livermore, who has missed just one league fixture this term, moved to The Hawthorns in January 2017 and has made 68 appearances for the club.

Baggies boss Darren Moore said: "I'm really pleased Jake has signed an extension to his contract. He is an important member of our squad who adds a wealth of experience to our midfield.

"I still believe his best football is in front of him and he continues to add attributes to his game. He's somebody that I see playing an integral part in taking this club to where we want it to be."

Meanwhile, Luke Dowling, Albion's sporting and technical director, said: "There was Premier League interest in the summer but Jake sat down with the club, listened to what we had to say, and knuckled down without any problems.

"We will be looking to extend with some of our other players but it is good that we have several senior players on relatively long-term contracts."

West Brom, 13/8 to be promoted from the Championship this term following last season's relegation from the Premier League, are 9/4 to beat Sheffield United on Friday.

Lambert to let Graham leave

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert has confirmed that Jordan Graham will be allowed to leave Portman Road in January.

Former Town boss Paul Hurst brought the 23-year-old to Suffolk on loan in August but the winger has not featured in the first team since Lambert took over the managerial reins.

Graham is currently training with Oxford United in a bid to earn a contract with the League One side, who are 7/2 to be relegated this season.

"I can only come in and see with my own eyes what I think is right and what I think is wrong and I think we've got a squad where there's a lot of players, young ones as well, who I think are going to make an impact sooner rather than later," said former Stoke City, Aston Villa and Norwich City boss Lambert.

"Jordan was only a young kid when I was Aston Villa when I was there and he was out injured a lot at Wolves."

Lambert has indicated that Jack Lankester's progress has led to his decision to let Graham leave, saying of the teenager: "Jack's got an incredible touch, he has a terrific way of playing.

"He's only a kid but he's one young one that I think, 'Yeah, you could have a massive career'. We have to nurture him and give him game time when we think, 'Go on now and let's see what you can do'."

Ipswich are at the foot of the Championship table and are 4/11 to be relegated this term while they are 7/2 to beat West Brom on Friday.

Sako welcomes Albion opportunity

Versatile forward Bakary Sako is relishing an opportunity to help West Bromwich Albion challenge for an immediate return to the Premier League.

The 30-year-old was a free agent after leaving Crystal Palace at the end of last season and has opted to join the Baggies on a season-long deal after being the subject of interest from a number of top-flight clubs.

And Mali international Sako, who has also played in England with Wolves, has revealed that the influence of Albion boss Darren Moore was a major factor in him heading to The Hawthorns.

He told his new club's official website: "A lot of Premier League clubs wanted me, but as soon as I knew Darren Moore wanted to see me I went to see him straight away and we clicked.

"The way he manages players, the way he talks, he's passionate and I love that – that's why I came here."

Meanwhile, Moore himself was delighted to have landed Sako, adding: "He brings great experience and adds greatly to our goal threat across a range of positions. He brings competition to the group and a know-how of this division.

"He's been a credit while he's been training with us and I can vouch for the fact that the way he has committed to us has been exceptional."

The Baggies, who top the Championship table heading into a midweek round of games, are back in action on Wednesday evening when they head to Hillsborough to take on Sheffield Wednesday.

They are 11/10 to defeat the Owls and are 10/1 to win the game 2-0, with the visitors 9/4 to keep a clean sheet.

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Livermore issues warning to rivals

Jake Livermore has warned West Brom's rivals that "there is a lot more to come from us" after they went to the top of the Championship table.

Darren Moore's side took advantage of Leeds United's 1-1 draw at Sheffield Wednesday on Friday and Middlesbrough's inability to win at lowly Hull City to take over at the top thanks to a 3-2 win at bottom side Preston on Saturday.

Jay Rodriguez, a Ben Davies own goal and Dwight Gayle scored the goals at Deepdale as the Baggies made it three wins in succession to move them a point clear of Leeds, Boro and Sheffield United.

And, while Livermore insisted that the players were delighted with the win and to go top, he is adamant that they have yet to find their best form this season.

He told the club's website: "Most importantly it was a massive three points but we know within ourselves there's a lot more to come from us.

"This team has more to offer. Our mission today was to come out and get the three points. But we probably played better in the opening game of the season against Bolton and came away with nothing.

"It's good we're finding ways to win games now. So credit to the boys and the coaching staff and it was fantastic to get the win.

"We're under no illusions this season we're going to face teams who make it difficult for us to come and play. We may have to adapt the way we play but the most important thing is we come away with a win. By no means were we at our best but the main thing is the result and all in all it was a good day's work."

West Brom, who are 9/4 to win the Championship this season, can maintain their place at the top of the table on Wednesday when they travel to Sheffield Wednesday.

The Baggies are 1/1 to win at Hillsborough, while the Owls are priced at 13/5 to win with the draw 5/2.

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Moore expecting Albion response

West Brom boss Darren Moore has demanded a much improved showing from his team when they welcome high-flying Bristol City to the Hawthorns on Tuesday.

Albion have made a strong start to life in the Championship following their relegation from the Premier League last season and are currently 2/1 to be promoted having taken 11 points from their first seven games.

However, the Baggies were off colour in their last outing, escaping St Andrews' with a point after a 1-1 draw with Birmingham City.

Blues missed a penalty and a whole host of chances against Moore's men, who looked shaky at the back.

The West Brom boss says he is expecting a much better display from his defenders as they gear up to face a Bristol City side who have won their last four matches, lifting them to third in the Championship.

“It was unlike us,” said Moore. “It was a bad day at the office, and it wasn’t just one or two, it was six or seven of the players. It was an off-day.

“I know the players, I work with them every day, they’re fantastic players. We’ll reflect on that game and try put those wrongs right in this game.”

West Brom have won their last two at home but Moore says it will be far from easy to extend that run, admitting Lee Johnson's Bristol City have impressed him during the early part of the season.

“They’re an excellent team but I like to think we’re a good team,” said Moore. “You’ll see two teams at the right end of the division playing good football and doing the right things.

“We’ve got to do those little things that went wrong against Birmingham much better, and hopefully we’ll see that."

West Brom could hand a debut to midfielder Wes Hoolahan after he completed his move to the club on Friday.

The Baggies are 19/20 to come out on top, while Bristol City are 10/3 and the draw 5/2.

Monk refuses to be downcast

Garry Monk thought there were plenty of positives to take from his Birmingham City side's 1-1 draw against West Brom on Friday.

The Blues have failed to win a Championship game so far this term although they have drawn five of their seven fixtures.

Monk's side had their chances to break their duck though as, after Jota had scored from close range to give them the lead, the same player had a penalty saved by Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

The Baggies levelled through Matt Phillips' strike but Monk was happy with a point, saying after the match: "We just played against a very good side, to me they are probably the best side we have played this season.

"We knew it was going to be difficult for us. But I thought the way we set up, the organisation, what we were trying to do was very effective for large parts of that game.

"It's very difficult to sit here as a manager and criticise when there's not much to actually criticise. Those margins are not quite with us at the minute."

Birmingham are 13/8 to be relegated this season, while West Brom are 9/5 to make an immediate return to the Premier League.

McAuley hopes experience counts

Gareth McAuley said that he hoped to use his experience to help Rangers' youngsters following his move to Ibrox.

The 38-year-old defender left West Brom at the end of last season and now becomes Steven Gerrard's 15th signing after agreeing a one-year deal with the Glasgow club.

He certainly has experience to pass on. McAuley played over 200 games for West Brom during his time at the Hawthorns and gained 78 international caps for Northern Ireland.

He realises that his value to Rangers will be as much for his influence off the field with the youngsters than in actual playing time.

He told Rangers TV: "[I hope to bring] experience, there is a young group of players here.

"Help them with my knowledge and help develop them, also challenge them to play in the team.

"It's a project here at the minute and I was speaking to the manager in the last week or so and that's something I can bring to the project."

With Rangers having Europa League games this season as well as their domestic demands, McAuley will also boost Gerrard's centre-half options which also include Connor Goldson, Nikola Katic and Joe Worrall.

Gerrard suffered his first defeat as Rangers boss at the weekend, Celtic winning the first Old Firm game of the season 1-0.

The result leaves Rangers seventh in the Scottish Premiership table after four games.

Gerrard has however brought regular European football to Ibrox. They beat Russian side Ufa in the play-off round and are now through to the Europa League group stages where they are in a group with Spartak Moscow, Villarreal and Rapid Vienna.

Rangers are 7/1 to win the Scottish Premiership with Celtic 1/8.

Kyle Lafferty is 6/1 to be the Premiership's leading goalscorer.

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Chadli makes Monaco move

AS Monaco have signed West Brom's 29-year-old Belgium international Nacer Chadli for an undisclosed transfer fee.

Chadli, who moved to The Hawthorns from Tottenham for £13million two years ago, scored six times in 36 Premier League matches for the Baggies, who were relegated from the top-flight last term.

He has penned a three-year contract with AS Monaco, who won the Ligue 1 title and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2016/17.

"I am very happy to join AS Monaco, a great French club that participates in the Champions League," Chadli said.

"The results of the last seasons prove the quality of the project and the ambition of the club. I will do everything to help AS Monaco achieve great things and achieve its goals."

Monaco finished second in Ligue 1 last season and have been drawn to play Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Bruges in Champions League Group A.

"We are delighted to welcome Nacer Chadli, an offensive midfielder who has demonstrated his quality. His experience at the highest level and his technical profile will be additional assets for the team," said Monaco's CEO Vadim Vasilyev.

Chadli scored a last-gasp goal for Belgium at World Cup 2018 as Roberto Martinez's side came back from two goals down to beat Japan 3-2 in the round of 16.

West Brom are 2/1 to be promoted from the Championship this season and 21/20 to beat Stoke City on Saturday while AS Monaco are available at 9/5 to emerge victorious against Marseille on Sunday.