Jim Goodwin reaffirms interest in Celtic winger Lewis Morgan

By David Walton

November 27, 2019

St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin has stated once again that he wants Lewis Morgan at Paisley, but that he’s been given no signs by Celtic that he’s available.

The St Mirren manager first confirmed his desire for the Celtic man a couple of days ago in the build-up to last night’s 2-1 loss at home to Hibernian (Scottish Sun).

Morgan, meanwhile, has had a seriously tough time of it this season. After a promising start to the campaign, he’s only managed 12 Premiership minutes since the beginning of August (Transfermarkt).

Lewis Morgan (left) needs much more game-time than he’s getting (Tullio Puglia – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

And speaking to BBC Sportsound yesterday (26/11, 19:29), Goodwin again confirmed he wants to sign the Celtic man up in January.

“I would love to have Lewis Morgan back, but we have no indication from Celtic that he’s available. If he did become available, we would be in a long line of clubs in Scotland and England who would like to have him on loan.”

Celtic must do the sensible thing

Goodwin is spot on. If Celtic do indicate a desire to get Morgan some game-time elsewhere in January, there would be a queue of interested parties.

Morgan must find a spell similar to his time at Sunderland (Mark Fletcher/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

What the club must do, however, is make sure wherever he goes is a step-up from what he’s previously experienced in his career. There’s just no point in sending him back to St Mirren where he’s already played and starred.

He needs to head out to a bigger club that will challenge him further. Playing with better players will, in turn, make Morgan a better footballer too. Will he necessarily do that at St Mirren? It’s highly unlikely.

A Premiership move to a top-six team would be ideal. Surely the likes of Motherwell or Kilmarnock would love to have Morgan on their books. He remains a positive talent, but it’s clear he still isn’t ready for the first team.

It’s time for Morgan to start making his mark in football (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

It’s clear Goodwin has a real interest in him, however. Whether Celtic believe that sending him back to a previous comfort zone will help his confidence remains to be seen.

However, one thing’s for sure – Morgan must definitely be available to those who are interested come January.