Aberdeen vs St Mirren - The Battle of the Celtic loanees

By Ruari Macneil

January 15, 2018

Saturday sees the Celts return to action against Brechin City at home in the Scottish Cup 4th round, Celtic’s first game since the disappointing 0-0 draw against Rangers in late December.

That day will also see St Mirren travel to Pittodrie to take on Aberdeen, and will provide a chance for Celtic fans to see two of the club’s loaned out players go head to head in what feels very much like a shop window match for next season.

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Ryan Christie, currently on loan at Aberdeen, is enjoying an impressive second stint with the Dons. He has arguably been the club’s best player this season. Having only made 13 Celtic appearances since arriving from Inverness CT in 2015, Christie will be desperate to impress throughout the remainder of his loan spelling, hoping to cement a place in Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic squad next season.

Lewis Morgan, who arrived at the club from St Mirren for £300,000 earlier this month – only to be loaned out straight away to the Saints for the remainder of the season – will also be hoping to continue his strong run of form, and will no doubt want to avoid being sent out on loan again. He will be keen to get the opportunity to try and establish himself in the Celtic squad.

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Despite both having performed well for their respective clubs this season, though, it is difficult to gauge exactly how that translates in terms of quality required for Celtic. Christie may be Aberdeen’s best player, but Celtic’s 3-0 away win over the Pittodrie side earlier this season demonstrated the pure gulf in class between the two sides. Likewise, Morgan may have netted 13 goals from the wing already this season, but that’s not to say he can do it on a regular basis in the Scottish Premiership.

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