Lewis Morgan’s loan move to Sunderland may have helped save his Celtic career, and now he’s confirmed another one isn’t on the agenda.
The left-winger was signed by the club in January 2018 from St Mirren. Of course, Morgan didn’t join until summer that year, and went on to play 13 unconvincing matches before being farmed out to Sunderland one year after signing.
At the Black Cats, Morgan managed to break into the League One side’s first-team and make an impression in a further 22 competitive games. He’s since come back to Parkhead a much more confident and dynamic young player.
And, when asked at his press conference today about whether he would eye another loan move this season, Morgan shrugged it off by claiming he only had eyes for the Celtic first-team. Speaking via Celtic TV, Morgan said the following:
“Yeah I felt good last year. Obviously, things didn’t go the way I wanted them to (at Celtic), and I understood I needed to go away and get games. I’ve done that.
“Now I’m really looking forward to this season and hopefully I can be a bigger part of things. Everyone’s aim is to play a part at this club. It’s massive and I want to play my part.
“The manager has given me the chance in the first couple of games, and hopefully I can keep repaying the faith for him.”
Lewis Morgan’s loan move proved a massive plus
Even the idea of Morgan heading out elsewhere anytime soon should be a no-go for Celtic. We’ve definitely got something here, and it looks as though confidence has helped unearth the gem we may have just plucked from St Mirren.
Ironically, the move to Sunderland probably wasn’t as successful team-wise as Morgan would’ve liked. The Black Cats lost twice in Wembley finals they were expected to win. The play-off final heartbreak to Portsmouth pretty much summed up the deflating season they had under Jack Ross.
But what it did give Morgan access to was regular first-team football. It may not always have been from the start (Morgan started 16 of his matches on Wearside), but it was constant exposure in the squad. There was only one match during Morgan’s time down south that he didn’t make a match-day squad.
Therefore, it’s clear that it’s helped him get his groove back. It’s almost been a bit of a bonus for Celtic too. Nobody banked on Morgan suddenly coming of age in a Celtic jersey this summer. There may be plenty yet for him to prove, but the signs are there that he’s got something.
Here’s hoping, in the coming weeks, he continues to blossom in green-and-white. But as for a loan move? You can forget that anytime soon!