With Celtic making St.Mirren youngster Lewis Morgan their second signing of the January transfer window, we caught up with journalist Kyle Gunn to give us the lowdown on the winger and what Celtic fans can expect from their latest signing.
Who is Lewis Morgan?
A pacy direct winger with an eye for goal Lewis Morgan has just got the move of his life, with the 21-year-old putting pen to paper on a four and a half year deal with Celtic. But he has vowed to continued to help the Saints try to win the Scottish Championship title as he immediately returns to the Buddies on loan until the end of the season.
He was handed his first start for the Saints on the final day of the 2004-05 season when the Paisley side were in the Scottish Premiership. Although relegation was already assured and the day ended in a 1-0 defeat to Hamilton Accies, Morgan showed that he would be one for the future.
The form of the Scottish Under-21 international over the last 12 to 18 months has been improving significantly. Before this season one of the main criticisms of the young man was the fact that he wasn’t clinical enough. However, this year with 13 goals to his name across all competitions that’s not something that can be levelled at him anymore.
Can Morgan become a regular for Celtic?
Yes. I think so. Will it be easy? Not at all. He’s so direct and will not be scared of losing the ball. Brendan Rodgers is a manager who I have the utmost respect for, the way he has progressed players’ careers and his penchant for playing young players has been very refreshing.
One of the other things that makes me think he’ll be success, aside from his footballing abilities, is his ability to play with both feet – including taking corners.
He also knows what it takes to break into a football team with the experience of his career stalling a few years ago when he was released by Rangers.
Morgan had to work on his physicality but after interviewed him on many occasions he is also an intelligent young guy.
What kind of loss is he to St.Mirren?
It is hard to say, because he is returning on loan to the Paisley side until the end of the season but I’m sure when he does go he’ll be a massive loss to the club.
His form hasn’t only attracted interest from Celtic but from the English Championship too. The good thing from a St.Mirren point of view is that they have got a decent amount of money and their star man will remain at the club until the end of the current campaign, which could end in promotion to the Scottish Premiership.
I have no doubt that if that is to happen, Lewis will play a significant part in this.
Kyle Gunn is a freelance journalist, writing mainly for the Daily Record and the Scottish Daily Mail, covering St.Mirren. You can follow him on twitter @Kyle_Gunn97.