Celtic loanee Lewis Morgan was called up by Scotland for the matches against Kazakhstan and San Marino this week.
Unfortunately, however, he hasn’t been given any sort of chance in either match.
It was a big week for the on-loan Sunderland star. It was just his second call-up at international level, but it was also his first in competitive competition.
In both matches, Scotland had been struggling for any form of creativity. Kazakhstan tore them apart 3-0 in perhaps the most embarrassing result in the nation’s history. The Scots then seen off the worst team in world football – San Marino.
Yet there was a distinct lack of creativity in both matches. Plenty went down both sides, but the likes of James Forrest, Ryan Fraser, Kenny McLean, and Stuart Armstrong all failed to impress.
It would’ve been nice to see Morgan be given a shot at some stage in either match. Yet, despite being a sub in the game against Kazakhstan, he wasn’t to be seen in the squad at all to face San Marino.
Can’t say Morgan deserved it
Morgan can’t particularly say he would’ve deserved it, if we’re being truthful. Since arriving at Sunderland in January, he’s only bagged one goal and one assist in 10 appearances. Throughout that run, he’s also only started on six occasions.
If he was looking to catch Neil Lennon’s eye, let alone Alex McLeish’s, then Morgan has failed to do it. It was always going to be difficult joining a club so settled at that point in the season. So far, Jack Ross hasn’t been able to produce the magic he did whilst hooked up with Morgan at St Mirren.
Morgan could probably be thankful he was even called up in the first place. His omission from first-team consideration, however, tells a story of how his work down south has gone so far.
There clearly remains some huge talent in Morgan. He’s showed that in flashes during his 10 Celtic appearances so far. But if he’s to take that next step, he needs to start being more influential in the final third than he has been this season.