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Celtic given permission to speak to Tony Mowbray

West Bromich Albion have given Celtic permission to speak to Tony Mowbray about the vacant managerial position at Parkhead. The Guardian reports that the two clubs have agreed a compensation package of £2m.

The SPL side need to find a replacement for Gordon Strachan who left the club by mutual consent last month. After missing out on Roberto Martínez, who looks set to join Wigan, Celtic turned their attention to former Hoops defender Mowbray.

West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace spoke about the possibility of Mowbray leaving the Hawthorns: "We do not want to lose Tony because he has been an integral part of a long-term project at the club which the vast majority of our fans have bought into, but Tony expressed his desire to talk to Celtic and now that the compensation figure in his contract has been met to our satisfaction that process can take place."

The Baggies chairman continued: "If Tony decides to join Celtic he would leave with our good wishes and we would then immediately put into action the task of appointing a new manager who can take the club forward."

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