Lewis Morgan’s loan deal to Hibernian is now surely inevitable after the latest news regarding Martin Boyle.
Hibernian’s Australian winger will be ruled out for the rest of the season. This is the news Neil Lennon was waiting on before making a solid move for Morgan.
Earlier in the week, Hibs were reportedly seriously considering taking Morgan. His place at Easter Road would be as a temporary Boyle replacement between now and the end of the season.
Boyle was away on international duty when he picked up his unfortunate knee injury. The knock, however, is going to require surgery, meaning that it’s likely he’ll be out for the entirety of the campaign.
Morgan, meanwhile, has been waiting on solid offers for his services this month. Brendan Rodgers wants the likes of him and Scott Allan to leave the club for six-months and develop.
Is Hibernian a step in the right direction for Morgan?
A move to Hibs would be seen by many as a step in the right direction. There still remains a bitterness between an element of supporters and Hibs regarding the summer saga with John McGinn, however.
But at this point, it’s looking more and more difficult to see why Lennon wouldn’t make a move for Morgan.
The likes of Sunderland are also interested in taking his services. We made a case for why the Stadium of Light is the best place for him to go and play his football. Hibs, however, now have all the reason in the world to make a loan proposition to Celtic, however.
It’s out of the question that Morgan leaves permanently too. Celtic see plenty of potential in the former St Mirren starlet, and a loan deal would surely help him raise his physique.
Boyle’s injury is surely only going to progress Hibs’ interest. It remains to be seen whether that has a ripple effect on other interested suitors.
Celtic, however, will just be glad to let him leave and battle it out for game-time elsewhere. As it stands, he’s nowhere near the standard required at Parkhead.