Celtic have secured the singing of promising 21-year-old Lewis Morgan for £300,ooo. The winger has returned to St Mirren on loan for the rest of the season, but, as David Ronney writes, could Celtic be doing with him now?
The Scottish champions have wasted no time at all bringing in fresh talent in the January transfer window. Having signed RB Leipzig defender Marvin Compper to strengthen their defence, Celtic have now recruited promising winger Lewis Morgan from St Mirren.
The Paisley born 21-year-old has been a key part of the Championship club’s transition from relegation battlers to league leaders this season. His performance stats outline this, with nine goals and five assists in the Championship for the Saints, alongside the two goals and two assists racked up during a league cup campaign.
With the transfer market value for players reaching unprecedented amounts, the estimated £300,000 fee paid for the player currently looks like a bargain.
As Premiership clubs take a breather for another week before Scottish Cup action returns, the Championship continues to power through the tough winter fixtures. Despite his move, Morgan will be involved as Celtic’s new ‘bhoy’ is returning back to St Mirren for the remainder of the season on loan, but was this the right decision?
Morgan’s ability to not only play along the left, but through the middle as well would make him a great addition to Rodgers’ squad, which has been hit by injuries to Jonny Hayes and Tom Rogic. With Scott Sinclair also underperforming as of late, the match against Rangers being evidence of that, then Morgan could have potentially challenged for a place on that side of the wing with the Englishman.
One of Morgan’s coaches at the Paisley club, Jamie Langfield, even admitted himself that their wonder winger could have played under the lights at Parkhead this season, as opposed to waiting until the next.
In an interview with BBC Scotland, he was quoted saying: “I know the Championship is different, but I believe, with the way he is playing at this moment in time, he could play in this Celtic team.”
He then added: “It is not arrogance from Lewis – he’s not that type of lad – but he’s got this enormous self-belief.”
There are positives to Morgan’s move back down to the Championship with the almost guarantee that he will be given game time from now until the end of the season. There is also the possibility that he will bring league title success to the club as he continues to play his part for Jack Ross’ side, who are currently six points ahead of Dundee United at the top of the table.
Morgan will also have the opportunity to have his shot against Premiership opposition next weekend as St Mirren make the trip up to Aberdeen to take on Derek McInnes’ side. If the 21-year-old is to feature then it could act as a teaser for what will be in store for the winger come next season.
There is incredible potential for Lewis Morgan, not only for Celtic but on the international scene for Scotland as well. If St Mirren retain their current league status until May, the taste of success could put the winger in the right mindset for his move to Paradise come the summer.