Lewis Morgan’s career has certainly taken a positive turn over the last week, and tonight it’s taken another boost.
The winger was given his first competitive start tonight against Sarajevo in the second qualifying round of the Champions League. The Hoops managed to see it out 2-1 in a performance that seen us go through the motions.
One of the standouts, however, was young Morgan once again. He started out on the left, and whilst he looked productive, it wasn’t long before Neil Lennon switched him to the right side.
He’s showing an incredible level of inventiveness and looks twice as quick as he did during his outings last season. Once again, he dazzled the Bosnian defence, and put some good deliveries into the penalty area. In that sense, he was unfortunate not to rack up yet another assist.
As well as that, he’s showing some real quality with his close-control. He’s combining well with his full-backs, and doesn’t buckle under pressure when on the ball.
Make no mistake, the last three performances from Morgan hasn’t been from the same player who left for Sunderland last season. He’s quicker, more confident, and determined to prove himself at Parkhead.
Lewis Morgan’s career showing signs of life
His start tonight was a sign that Lennon is taking real notice of his hard work and progress. There’s plenty of opportunity there for Morgan, and he’s surely now secured himself in and around the first team for the next qualifying round against Nomme Kalju.
Whether he starts down the left or the right, Morgan doesn’t deserve to be dropped. Mikey Johnston is carrying a knock, whilst Scott Sinclair continues to struggle to string performances together. Who else deserves to be in there ahead of the former St Mirren youngster at the moment?
He originally impressed in his cameo against Sarajevo in Bosnia last week. He followed that up with a fine performance in the friendly against Rennes on Saturday where he earned the man-of-the-match award.
Tonight was just yet another step forward for Celtic’s new renaissance man. He’s making a strong case to be in this team for the foreseeable future, although there’s still work to be done for that to be the case.
But he’s proven he’ll be a valuable asset this season, and he looks ready for the call whenever Lennon sends for him. That should be next week when we face Kalju in the first-leg of the second round.