How disappointing has Lewis Morgan been so far at Celtic?

By David Walton

December 12, 2018

When Celtic signed Lewis Morgan last January, excitement did sweep the support regarding his potential.

So far, however, he’s failed to look anything like the part since arriving from his loan spell at St Mirren in the summer.

The little left-winger made just under 120 appearances for the Buddies during his time in Paisley. He was known to be a quick. dynamic, and lively creator. He had a big future ahead of him and still does.

But since arriving at Parkhead, he’s only managed to make 11 outings for the Champions. Just one of those was a starting spot too.

Lewis Morgan hasn’t had much to smile about this season (Peter Fitzpatrick/Action Plus via Getty Images)

The idea was that Morgan would be the man to test Scott Sinclair down the left. With the Englishman struggling for goals, assists, and general form last season, Morgan was the man to help push him.

Yet, even though there is no other competition down the left-side at the moment, Morgan still feels way out of the picture at Celtic. Even Jonny Hayes has been seeing more game-time than him in recent weeks.

His target would’ve been to get some games under his belt this season. Sure, he’s done that if you count the appearances without taking notice of his starts. Morgan has been given a few opportunities in that sense.

Despite that, however, his displays have been lackluster and lacking in the sufficient quality needed to succeed at Celtic. He hasn’t looked particularly pacey, whilst he’s yet to score or even assist in any match this season.

Morgan needs to start rivaling Sinclair

His main goal was to make sure Sinclair had some competition. Whilst getting some games is a plus, it’s only good if you perform in them. That’s where Morgan has failed to make an impression, and Rodgers must be looking for more from him.

It says a lot about Morgan’s position at the club these days that he hasn’t featured in any of the last four match-day squads.

The former St Mirren man has managed just 11 outings and one start this season (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Meanwhile, Sinclair is hardly performing to a terrific level either. His form this season has been greatly exaggerated, as he still struggles to look anything like the player he was two years ago.

Despite that, he remains unchallenged in the side, with no real pressure on him to keep pushing.

Morgan has plenty of time ahead of him to get to grips at Celtic. Coming from St Mirren, it’s a totally different level of pressure.

Rodgers will just be hoping, however, that he gets his head down and starts performing sooner rather than later.