The prospect of Lewis Morgan to St Mirren has cropped up today, but Celtic must refuse that move at all costs.
The Buddies’ Chief Executive Tony Fitzpatrick has this morning been talking about how valuable Morgan could be to their survival hopes.
Celtic’s young play-maker was of course signed from Saints a year ago. He was then farmed out on loan to them for the final six months of last season.
But Celtic have to avoid doing that once again. Speaking in the Daily Record, Fitzpatrick pretty much confirmed St Mirren’s interest in Morgan.
“It would be a dream if Lewis was to come back to us. He knows what we think of him and what the St Mirren fans think of him.
“He could be the one that makes a big difference to us. It would lift everyone in and around the club.
“He’ll have so many options so we’re not kidding ourselves we’ll get him. But we need him as he’s a special player and a special young man. If we could get him it would be an unbelievable move for us and it would be great for Lewis too.”
Morgan needs a step-up
With all due respect to St Mirren, Morgan needs to go to a side with more of a winning mentality and pressure to win games.
Oran Kearney has won just two of 17 matches in charge of the Buddies. Putting Morgan under his care at this important stage of his career is far too risky.
Morgan spent years coming through at St Mirren, before spending a final six months on loan last term. He came back and wasn’t anywhere near good enough to challenge for a first-team place. Therefore, there’s hardly any guarantee he would do so this time around.
Fitzpatrick, therefore, is wrong to say that the move would be good for Morgan. The only beneficiaries here would be St Mirren, and Morgan needs pushed more than he would be there.
Hibs have been strongly credited with an interest in the past. The likes of Sunderland have also been linked, even though Jack Ross denied interest in him. These are the kid of bigger clubs that Morgan has to go and test himself at.
Going back to St Mirren would just be a step back into his comfort-zone. At this stage, that’s not what he needs.