Lewis Morgan’s opportunities with Scotland will continue after being given a second consecutive late call-up to the A squad.
The official Scotland National Team Twitter account posted the news yesterday morning. It comes after Ryan Fraser, another left-wing rival, had to drop out.
Steve Clarke has now called upon the Celtic man for each of his last two squads, but both have been late call-ups also. Last month, Morgan was brought up after Robert Snodgrass pulled out after being mauled by Russia 4-0.
Morgan would then go on to be an unused substitute against San Marino in a 6-0 rout. It would end up proving to be a pointless exercise for the former St Mirren man, who wasn’t really needed on the day.
But he will take solace from the fact that he’s been given another call-up for the upcoming fixtures. He may not have played under Clarke just yet, but Morgan does have two Scotland appearances to his name overall. Both came under Alex McLeish.
Upcoming double-header could give Morgan his chance
In fairness to Morgan, the upcoming double-header against Cyprus and Kazakhstan could give him more of a chance to be involved. When you look at the current Scotland squad, the exclusion of Fraser combined with Snodgrass’ international retirement has lessened the competition.
At the moment, there isn’t much in the way of natural depth at left-mid. The likes of John Fleck and Callum McGregor have experience of playing out on the left. However, the latter is at his best in the centre of the midfield.
Clarke will hopefully be experimental over the next two matches and give Morgan a prolonged spell to impress. It would certainly be good for Celtic too if he was to prove himself on the international stage. Positive displays against Cyprus and Kazakhstan would make many Celtic fans raise an eyebrow.
Of course, Morgan’s international career will ultimately only be successful if his club form impresses. Considering he’s been a bit-part player in recent times, that will be a continuous challenge for the winger.
He can probably count himself rather fortunate to be getting these call-ups under Clarke. But it’s confirmation for Morgan that the former Kilmarnock boss is a fan of him.
Hopefully we see him in action over the next week. Maybe, in what would be an odd turn of events, his international form could help give his club career a boost.