The prospect of Liam Morrison to Bayern Munich has been one of the mini-sagas of the transfer window so far.
The Hoops youngster, yet to make a competitive appearance, was reported to be close to a deal with the Bavarians (Football Insider). Since then, it’s been a bit of a drag. John Kennedy said in the Herald a couple of days ago that nothing had yet been agreed between Munich and Morrison.
And if the youngster is set to agree on a career-changing move to Munich, he has to take in all the considerations. One of the most threatening is the Islam Feruz path.
For those who don’t remember, Celtic done everything for Feruz. Tommy Burns fought and campaigned for the youngster and his family to be allowed to stay in Scotland. Celtic had him in their youth system, and gave him a platform to perform, as Burns’ fight earned him British citizenship.
Feruz even featured in Burns’ memorial match back in 2009 when he was 14. He had it all, before Chelsea came calling and he couldn’t go down quick enough. Celtic received a paltry development fee, and he was away. Everything Celtic had given him, he failed to give back.
Since the move to London back in 2011, nobody has heard from Feruz since. He’s without a club having been on five separate loan deals where he failed to make an impact.
Liam Morrison to Bayern Munich must see the risks taken into account
When you go to a club like Bayern or Chelsea, you’re more often than not just a number. Morrison’s currently onto a good thing at Celtic, as Neil Lennon thought it fit enough to take him on the pre-season camp of Austria and Switzerland. Whether that’s worth sacrificing also has to be taken into account.
Feruz isn’t the only example either.
Has anyone heard much about Ryan Gauld or Jack Harper recently? Billy Gilmour will be hoping things go differently for him at Chelsea, but time will tell.
It’s a rare opportunity for Morrison, and one he would be quite right to seriously consider. It’s Bayern Munich. They’re a massive club, and if he did manage to make it there, the rewards would be magnificent.
But it’s just vital that our youth product takes everything into account at this stage of his career. Hopefully, we can manage to keep him. There’s clearly something there in the youngster if Munich are interested, even if most of us haven’t ever seen him play outside of his half against Pinkafeld.
And if he does depart, hopefully he doesn’t join the likes of Feruz and Gauld who’ve struggled to kick on.