Chick Young, the “St Mirren fan” who could not find their ground with a SatNav, but who nevertheless keeps up to date on what’s going on at the club, says that Celtic are set to make Lewis Morgan one of their January signings.
Morgan is a winger, and this season he has weighed in with 10 league goals for the Paisley club. He’s 21 but has already played nearly 100 games for the club since he signed from – wait for it – the Sevco youth team in September 2013. In his 98 games he has scored 21 goals. That’s a decent return for a striker far less someone who plays on the wing.
He will not be expensive; he has a year left on his current deal and Young says he would be immediately loaned back to the team. This makes good sense. Although not ready for the Celtic first team at the moment, Brendan rates him highly and thinks he will be a big player in the future. The question as to what this means for Ryan Christie will naturally arise; there’s no reason why both can’t play a role for us though.
As this season has shown, a big squad is important, and next season the marathon will be even longer with four Champions League qualifiers to navigate before we reach the group stages. Every signing, every warm body, is going to count.
I haven’t seen enough of Morgan to know what he’s got; in these cases you simply have to trust the manager, and what he sees. He has had the player watched a number of times, according to Young, and he has gone to see him personally as well.
The manager is clearly not just taking a punt. He believes in this one.
We’ll see how it pans out, I guess.