According to the latest reports from the Sunderland Echo, Jack Ross is looking to bring in Celtic winger Lewis Morgan on loan this month. The 22-year-old winger had previously played under Ross before as he was the manager of St. Mirren and Brendan Rodgers had allowed the winger to join them on loan in January 2018.
The Black Cats have done well to keep up pace in the promotion battle to the Championship. Their January transfer window has been tough so far as striker Josh Maja could leave the club (The Guardian) this month which could be a big blow for Sunderland.
Morgan though is a winger, and Ross would know what the Scottish international can offer as he played an important role in St. Mirren’s promotion to the Scottish top division. However, ever since his stint at Celtic Park, the 22-year-old has struggled for game time and has managed just nine appearances in the Scottish Premiership so far.
The signing of Oliver Burke by Celtic also doesn’t bode well for Morgan as Burke is also a winger, and we believe Rodgers could look to sanction another loan deal for Morgan. The player got his chances few and far between and it’s clear that Rodgers isn’t too satisfied with the quality he brings to the table so a loan move should be the right move for everyone involved.
The player though could be disappointed as he probably would have liked to make it big at Park Head. To be fair, his game time was always going to be limited as Celtic have the likes of Scott Sinclair, Callum McGregor and James Forrest to start on the wings and given their form and capabilities, Morgan was always going to be second in line in getting regular chances.
At Sunderland, he would look to get his career back on track and playing under a manager with whom he has done well might bring the best out in him once again. Morgan though needs to pick his game up as he often struggles to find the right pass in the attacking third and it’s his decision making which often lets him down. However, a good loan spell could bring him back in the reckoning at Celtic Park in the future, but the signing of Burke is a worrying sign for him.
Sunderland have often used Lynden Gooch on the right flank this season, and the American international is more suited to play in central areas. Therefore the club can do with the signing of an outright winger like Morgan. We expect him to be a decent bet for the Black Cats if the club manages to pull off a deal this month.