Liam Morrison’s move from Celtic to Bayern Munich was finalised over the weekend, and he claims Celtic did all they could to keep him.
The young defender has made what can only be described as a most-intriguing move. From Parkhead to Bavaria, it’s going to be a totally different footballing culture for Morrison to get used to.
Rumours of him departing for Munich arrived earlier on this summer. And, ever since it became a talking point, Morrison’s departure is something many will have feared.
Unsurprisingly, the defender has chosen to take up the glamorous option of a move to Munich. And speaking to the Daily Mail about the move, he stated that Celtic did their best to keep him.
“It was a dream come true for a club the size of Bayern Munich to be interested in me. Ever since I started playing football as a little kid it was always my dream to move to a new country and learn a new language.
“Celtic tried hard to keep me but my decision was already made as soon as Bayern came in. I loved every minute of my time at Celtic and I have to thank every one of the people I worked with who helped me so much.
“But when the Bayern offer came along, it’s not really a club you can turn down is it?
A difficult move to grudge Morrison
This is a blow for us, there’s no doubt. Not a monumental blow, but we’ve lost a talented prospect. A talented prospect who could’ve very well turned out to be a terrific player for Celtic.
But at the same time, this is such a difficult move to grudge. Germany is an incredible footballing culture, and wanting to sample that and develop within it can’t be criticised.
Morrison’s game-time in Germany, of course, could be questioned. He’s not exactly going to be waltzing into the Bayern Munich first-team anytime soon. Meanwhile, he was given 45 minutes during the pre-season match against Pinkafeld back in June for Celtic.
Granted, it would’ve still taken Morrison some time before he was a Celtic regular, but he was just getting in and about things. It wouldn’t have been surprising to see him make his competitive debut this season either.
So it could be seen as a really brave move from the youngster. He’s shown an incredible level of self-belief to make the jump to Munich, and it will be interesting to see how he gets on.
Many Celtic fans will undoubtedly be keeping an eye out for him in the future. And for us, it’s frustrating to lose a player who’s clearly one of the brightest talents in the academy.