Sunday, January 29, 2023

Celtic Midfielder Unwilling To Move On Loan Despite Sunderland Interest: What Should Rodgers Do?

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Ayush Chaurasia
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Lewis Morgan has made just five appearances in the Premiership so far starting none of those games. However, the wide midfielder is willing to fight for his spot at Park Head even though rumours have been doing the round that he could be sent on loan. Sunderland were interested in landing him in the summer, and the stories were especially hot because Jack Ross had worked with Morgan when he was the manager at St. Mirren.

However, the player himself cleared the air recently and said,”It was paper talk[ His move to England]. I never heard anything about that. When I came in I didn’t want to go anywhere else so that was never a possibility. I am here and I want to try and fight for my place at this club.

”I am not looking to go out on loan [in January]. I am looking to go out and play [for Celtic]. I am just focusing on the games coming up. I don’t think it is now or never. I am 22 so I have got ten or 15 years ahead of me so I don’t put that pressure on myself.”

For most of the teams in the Scottish Premiership, Morgan could have been a regular starter but Celtic would be happy to know that he is willing to bide his time and is not complaining about first team action after starting just one game in all competitions this season.

Morgan can use someone like Ryan Christie as an example as at one point; it almost looked sure that Christie would depart from the club. However, in the past month or so that perception has changed and it is likely now that the Hoops are going to offer him a new deal. Christie had to bide his time until there was a major injury crisis in midfield and he has taken his chances with aplomb. This is similar to that Morgan needs to do if the likes of Callum McGregor or Scott Sinclair ever get injured in the future.

Morgan is predominantly a left-sided midfielder but has played in various positions in the attacking third. The 22-year-old has even gone on to represent Scotland and Celtic currently have him tied up until 2022, so there is definitely time on his hands to prove his worth at Celtic Park.

However, a six-month loan move won’t be that bad an idea as it would help him to get some game time and assist in his overall development. It all depends on how Rodgers sees his situation and whether he considers him playing any role as the season progresses. The player has already made it clear that he is not willing to move out on loan in January.

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