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21 Y/O Celtic Starlet Eyes First-team Action: Does He Have A Future Under Brendan Rodgers?

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Celtic, the powerhouse of Scottish football, are already making their intent clear in order to defend their domestic supremacy and maintain their superiority over age-old rivals Rangers who are thriving to dethrone the Hoops following the high-profile appointment of iconic Liverpool and England midfielder Steven Gerrard as their new boss. The Parkhead outfit, under Brendan Rodgers, claimed a ‘double treble’ in past two seasons and humiliated the Gers time and again whenever they contested each other.

Although Gerrard does not have any prior senior managerial experience, his commendable work with the Reds u18s received plaudits and the talismanic presence of his will help the Light Blues to lure in preferred options in the transfer market. Celtic, therefore, will be cautious this term and are already pursuing high-profile deals actively.

Rodgers has tied down the Paris Saint-Germain loanee Odsonne Edouard on a permanent deal smashing the club record transfer fee upwards of £9million. But their 21-year-old sensation Lewis Morgan will be monitored closely this term who was acquired for a fee of £300,000 from St Mirren back in January but was immediately sent on loan to continue his stupendous form for the Championship side. Morgan, who spent almost a decade in Rangers’ youth system, flourished significantly under Jack Ross since completing a switch to the Saints and grabbed the Championship Player of the Year reward for his contribution towards St Mirren’s Premiership promotion.

The winger, however, was recently linked to a reunion with his former boss Ross who took charge of League One side Sunderland but has laughed off the rumour as he is solely concentrating on impressing Rodgers, the former Liverpool boss, who is preparing the Bhoys for yet another glorious ride.

“I’ve already been out on loan. I had one at St Mirren in the second half of last season, although people might not see it like that.

“I’m not as young as people might think either, so it’s time for me to stake a claim and show why Celtic signed me in the first place.

“It has been a long time coming and I can’t wait to get started now.

Stated the Scottish international while discussing his future in a recent interview.

He, meanwhile, is aware of the quality as well as options in the squad but does not fancy himself a project player with a sporadic role. Morgan, who prefers to operate from the left flank, will have to compete against the likes of Scott Sinclair, Odsonne Edouard and also Callum McGregor to claim a first-team status. But the young ace is confident of making an impact given opportunities as their participation in four major tournaments is likely to hand him chances to stake a claim in Rodgers’ plan.

Morgan is still young and can also be experimented on the other flank as well as in an attacking midfield role due to his ability to notch goals that he proved last season netting 18 times for the Saints. He also registered 13 assists to showcase his creativity and should fight for his place rather than going out on loan to jeopardize his Celtic future.

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Rodgers will be contesting Gerrard whom he managed during his Liverpool realm, therefore, likely to assess all the options in pre-season to find out the best possible resources who will suit his philosophy, tactics, and intellect and Lewis Morgan holds all the traits to be a success at the Parkhead under the esteemed Northern Irishman.

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