Bayern Munich youngster Liam Morrison explains why he had to leave Celtic

By David Walton

June 29, 2021

Bayern Munich defender Liam Morrison has explained why he had to leave Celtic back in 2019.

Morrison spent the 2019/20 pre-season with Neil Lennon as he was taken on pre-season training with the Hoops. After appearing in a couple of pre-season friendlies, the future looked promising for the centre-back.

However, just a month later, Munich came swooping and offered him the chance of a lifetime at 16. Morrison has since graduated from the under-17 side to the under-19s. He’s recently by joined in the under-19s by fellow former Celt Barry Hepburn.

And today he’s touched on his decision to leave Lennoxtown behind for the Bayern Campus. Speaking via Rising Ballers’ Instagram story this afternoon, Morrison said: “My journey so far has been great. There’s been a lot of ups and downs; being at Celtic and in with the first-team during pre-season and then signing for Bayern.

“I played some games with Bayern [youths] but unfortunately got injuries that caused me not to play. Leaving Celtic was a difficult decision but when a team like Bayern Munich are offering to sign you it’s very hard to turn down. They had the right pathway for me, so that was the decision I made.

“Moving to Germany from Scotland was very tough from the beginning, moving away from my family at such a young age and going to a country where the main language isn’t English. It was difficult, but once I got there, there were a few English and American boys.”

Celtic lacked the right pathway for Bayern Munich talent Liam Morrison

Time will tell whether Morrison made the right decision. In a few years’ time, it’ll be clearer as to whether the move to Bayern was worth it or not. The leap from the development side to the senior squad is going to be one almighty step.

However, it’s interesting to hear Morrison say that Bayern offered the right pathway for him. He was on the fringes at Celtic and had a glorious opportunity to become our next big centre-back through the academy. People were starting to talk about him and he impressed in pre-season training.

It looked as though, despite the fact plenty other youth products at Celtic don’t get enough opportunities, Morrison was well on his way to making the step-up. That he didn’t stay and see whether he could realise it remains massively disappointing.

Celtic training centre at Lennoxtown / (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Playing for the Celtic first-team will trump anything Morrison will experience with Bayern’s youth teams. This move can only be deemed worth it if he bags another Bundesliga move in the future or makes the daunting step-up to the Bavarians’ senior side.

But for Celtic it’s always going to be difficult looking back on this one. Morrison effectively started the trend of Celtic losing their hottest young talents to other clubs. So many have followed him, and it’s something Ange Postecoglou needs to shut the door on.

Hopefully Morrison can continue to impress in Germany. But he’ll surely be wondering whether the time was right to leave Parkhead given how highly thought of he was.

In other news, there’s been a new rule change for Celtic’s pre-match Covid testing protocol.