Celtic boss Neil Lennon comments could suggest Lewis Morgan appearance vs Hearts

By David Walton

December 18, 2019

Neil Lennon’s comments regarding Celtic’s current injury list could point to yet another appearance for Lewis Morgan tonight.

Celtic take the journey to Tynecastle knowing that three points would take us five clear of Rangers. Should we manage it, it would be the biggest margin we’ve had over our rivals this season.

Lennon spoke to the Herald about Celtic’s current injury problems heading into the match too. Here’s what he had to say:

Mohamed Elyounoussi won’t be fit tonight (Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty Images)

“Ryan Christie trained on Monday so he will be back in the squad, and Jonny Hayes trained too, so we’ll see if there’s any reaction.

“Mikey [Johnston] didn’t train, so we’ll see how he is, while Elyounoussi will still be a week or two. Mikey [Johnson] picked up a wee strain in Cluj, it’s not major at all, so if he isn’t fit for Wednesday he will be for the weekend.”

Mo and Mikey to miss tonight?

Once again, it’s not inconceivable that we’re missing both Mohamed Elyounoussi and Mikey Johnston respectively. Lenny has confirmed that Mo is out, and his words on Johnston don’t sound great either.

Mikey Johnston hasn’t trained (Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty Images)

In recent games when both Elyounoussi and Johnston haven’t been fit to start, Lennon has occasionally switched the wingers. James Forrest has come over to the left, whilst Ryan Christie has played on the right.

Morgan, meanwhile, has had to play as a lone striker due to Odsonne Edouard being sidelined during a run of games at the start of the month. That’s likely why Christie had to occasionally move over – Morgan wasn’t free to play in that area.

With French Eddy back, however, there should be no need to move Christie considering Morgan can play in that position. Of course, Lennon could simply keep Forrest where he is and play Morgan at left-mid instead. That was where he was playing in the first few weeks of the season.

Lewis Morgan can play on the left or the right (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But Lennon’s recent tactics without Johnston and Elyounoussi would suggest otherwise. He also played right-mid in Cluj when Lenny revamped the team just last Thursday.

It all depends on whether Lennon wants to switch the wingers again when it comes to where Morgan plays. But with both of our first-choice left-sided stars likely out of action, it’s difficult to see who would come in outside of the former St Mirren man. Despite another poor display in Cluj, it looks like he could be on for a surprisingly quick return to the team.