Recently St Mirren boss, Jim Goodwin went on to claim (STV) that he would love to get their former player Lewis Morgan back on loan. The Scottish winger has struggled for game time so far this season at Celtic Park. However, he went on to start against Rennes in the UEFA Europa League tie and managed to get himself on the scoresheet. What was even more surprising was that Lennon decided to use the winger in a striker’s role and the 23-year-old showed impressive signs in that clash.
Lennon has been short on strikers as Vakoun Issouf Bayo, and Leigh Griffiths have primarily been unavailable due to injury. Griffiths is now back in action, but it remains to be seen whether he will get back to his best form or not. The Hoops rely heavily on Odsonne Edouard to lead the line but Morgan’s impressive performance against Rennes might breath new life to his Celtic career.
Lennon has his say on Morgan’s future
The Celtic boss went on to claim (Daily Record) that Morgan isn’t going anywhere in January and he is firmly in the club’s plans this season. The winger had spent the last season on loan with Sunderland. However, he failed to impress for the Bhoys in the earlier matches of this campaign. Morgan has started just once in the Premiership this season which came in early August.
Lennon though recently said, ”We’re not in the mood to do that (Sending him away in January). He is an important part of the squad. You can see what he brings at times, he just needs to believe in himself a little bit more, and that performance against Rennes will do him the world of good in terms of his confidence.”
His first-time finish against Rennes was a hallmark of someone who has a good eye for a goal. Apart from that strike, he occupied the defenders with his smart movements and intelligent runs. The Scotsman also dropped in deep from time to time to get on the ball, and he put in a good shift overall. With Edouard still carrying a niggle, Morgan probably deserves another start this Sunday. If he goes on to impress further, then the winger could almost be like a new signing for the Bhoys.
Why Morgan should learn from Christie
Hopefully, Morgan would be able to follow the path of Ryan Christie. Christie was also on the fringes of the squad at one point, and many expected him to leave Parkhead soon. However, he managed to turn the tide last season by putting in influential displays and that even earned him a new contract. Edouard’s slight injury has come as a blessing in disguise for Morgan’s career, and hopefully, he would be able to establish himself as an essential member of the squad.
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