Could a Christie contract force Morgan to leave Celtic on loan?
Ryan Christie’s potential new deal with Celtic could mean an exit for Lewis Morgan.
Christie revealed that he’s in talks with the club over an extended contract at yesterday’s press conference.
Star playing for contract
The on-form attacking midfielder will aim to speed up negotiations by putting in another top performance tonight at Celtic Park.
His competitor on the wing is Morgan who arrived from St Mirren in the summer after being signed in January.
Game time has been more restricted to the Scotland under 21 international. With Christie’s latest performances, this has further damaged a potential run in the team for Morgan.
With James Forrest potentially as player of the year, nobody has a chance displacing the winger on the right.
A loan deal to a Scottish Premiership side will allow Morgan to express himself.
Morgan had a bright start at Celtic before being injured for a few weeks. A crisis on Celtic’s left side meant Christie was tried and has grasped his chance.
Summer work pays off
It’s also been revealed that Christie worked hard and bulked up to be first team ready at Celtic.
Morgan was Scottish Championship Player of the Year and arrived with a reputation.
A new contract for Christie will show Rodgers’ trust in the rejuvenated attacker.
Scotland manager Alex McLeish also relies on him after selecting him for next week’s matches.
Although Morgan features for the unders, he won’t get a sniff for the seniors any time soon.
Morgan must follow Christie’s loan journey
To do so, he must oust Christie or go out on loan to show his qualities.
Christie spent two seasons with Aberdeen and was a stand-out player.
At Aberdeen, the pressure was still on him to perform as the Dons reached second twice consecutively.
At any big team fans only want the best playing for them and that includes the youths.
Both players are at different ages and stages of their careers therefore current places aren’t surprising.
Sometimes loan spells are the best thing for fringe players as it saves them wasting away on the bench.
Teams like Aberdeen, Hibs and Hearts would do no harm to themselves for putting their hats into the Morgan ring in January.