Celtic's Morgan could emulate McGregor at Sunderland

By Connor Gordon

January 31, 2019

Celtic winger Lewis Morgan’s move to Sunderland is similar to a previous successful short term transfer.

The deal comes in a similar vein to the one which took Callum McGregor to League One side Notts County.

The would be Scotland international was so succesful that it won him his spot with Celtic.

Morgan should be looking to replicate that journey.

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The former St Mirren Player of the Season hasn’t really got going since his summer move to Glasgow.

Lewis Morgan in action for St Mirren before signing for Celtic last summer. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

A collection of injuries – plus an on fire James Forrest – is restricting his game time with the Hoops.

A loan move to the Black Cats is best for all parties with winger Oliver Burke coming in on loan at Parkhead.

Midfielder McGregor was a  player fighting for his spot in a competitive squad, as is Morgan.

He was fighting with likes of Scott Brown, Joe Ledley, Beram Kayal and Stefan Johansen.

Manager Neil Lennon didn’t appear to fancy McGregor but allowed the attacker to play first-team football at Notts.

Callum McGregor playing on-loan for Notts County in League One. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

At the Magpies McGregor had a stormer scoring 14 goals in 41 from midfield returning to Celtic in the summer and hasn’t looked back.

Loans are working out for returning Celtic men

McGregor isn’t the only player coming back to gain a spot in the starting 11.

More recently, Ryan Christie is now a starter since his two loan stints with Premiership rivals Aberdeen.

Furthermore, Kristoffer Ajer experienced a short loan at Kilmarnock and is around the first team.

Ryan Christie lighting up the Scottish Premiership whilst on loan at Aberdeen. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Those three players should give Morgan a massive boost to show his career can excel after a good season away on loan.

At Sunderland he will link up with his former manager at St Mirren Jack Ross as the Wearside team push for promotion to the English Championship.

He’ll be under the pressures of a top title chasing team and in a familiar environment under Ross.

On his return to Parkhead, fingers crossed he comes back as another McGregor and Christie.