Inter Miami winger Lewis Morgan believes he tried too hard during his days at Celtic.
Morgan left Parkhead for the MLS back in January after failing to make a breakthrough under both Brendan Rodgers and Neil Lennon in Scotland
The former St Mirren man’s contribution in Glasgow was underwhelming, with Morgan making 31 appearances for the club yet only bagging two goals and three assists respectively (Transfermarkt).
Things have looked up for him since signing for David Beckham-owned Inter Miami however. Playing regularly, the winger has impressed in his first five appearances with the MLS’ newest franchise.
And speaking to Open Goal, Morgan opened up on what went wrong at Celtic:
“To be honest, [during] my time at Celtic I probably tried too hard. When I was at St Mirren I always felt like I had the responsibility to win us games or score and I would be thinking I’d score a couple and win. But when you’re at Celtic, I don’t need that responsibility because there are so many other players.
“So I ended up just turning into a runner. I’d never been that but I was just pressing and running all the time. And from doing that I got chances to play but that wasn’t my game at all so I was kind of lying to myself the whole time.
“So that’s probably my regret. I pretty much changed what player I was. Since I’ve came over here I feel like I’ve got that responsibility again but maybe just subconsciously at Celtic I think ‘we’ve got loads of top players here, I don’t need to be the one to try win games for us'”.
Morgan was given his chances at Celtic Park
Like Morgan says, he had plenty of chances to play for Celtic, and his failure certainly wasn’t down to a lack of game-time.
In fact, just a month before he left the club, he was starting as a lone-striker in the Betfred Cup final against Rangers. Lennon gave him 18 opportunities to shine during the first half of last season (Transfermarkt), and Morgan seldom did.
The most frustrating aspect of Morgan’s play was his unwillingness to take his man on. It was difficult to fathom considering it was what made him stand out at St Mirren.
Yet these comments clarify as to why his style changed so much. It’s clear Morgan’s mindset was to simply graft for the team as opposed to letting his skill and ball-technique do the talking
Instead, he was happy to give it to other flair players and see if they could make the difference whilst focusing on pressing and making himself a nuisance. That’s a shame given Morgan’s raw ability, but it leaves us in no doubt as to why things didn’t work out for him here.
In other news, a Lennoxtown youngster has reportedly been called up to Celtic’s Champions League squad to face KR Reykjavik tonight.