Born in Paisley, Scotland, 21-year old attacking midfielder Lewis Morgan is being chased by Celtic according to reports. The Scottish U-21 international who came out of the Rangers FC youth system, signed for St. Mirren in 2013 on a two-year contract. The Scot who plays in an advanced midfield position can also operate on either wing.
Morgan’s current contract runs down at this season and the player is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal. This situation has interested many clubs from home and beyond. Of the English clubs who have come knocking for the 21-year old are Cardiff City, Swansea City and Birmingham City while Championship side Burton Albion have had a £200,000 bid for the youngster turned down.
In the domestic circuit, things will be a little more challenging for Mirren with Scottish giants Celtic and Rangers interested in young Morgan. The Celtic scouts have kept an eye out on the situation and Morgan’s fast start to the new season which has seen him score 8 goals in 13 games has made Celtic scout Tosh McKinlay rave about the youngster to his club.
Morgan has scored 17 goals and laid 13 assists in 88 appearances for Mirren. A feat that is incredible given he has been playing for the club from the early age of 16. His numbers have kept on improving season by season and in particular, it is this season where he has looked phenomenal in his favoured attacking midfield position.
Celtic moving for the player might bring down an early curtain on Morgan’s Mirren career. The Saints neither have the financial pull nor do they have the star glamour to compete with Scotland’s premier club.
Morgan’s move to Celtic, should it happen, might not be the best move for the player, however.
While Celtic will definitely gain a top prospect in the form of Morgan, the Scot’s own career might spiral down in a club where he will not get regular first-team chances. In spite of being in the best form of his life, Morgan will have to play a notch higher if he wishes to become a regular in the current Celtic side.
While it would be good for a player to challenge himself, it would be foolish to think such unnecessary pressure might not crumble the youngster’s career at such a delicate stage. If Morgan is desperate to move away for a fresh challenge, a return to his boyhood club, Rangers, might make more sense for the promising Scottish star.