Lewis Morgan’s first goal for Celtic hasn’t arrived as of yet, and the player has admitted it’s something he wants to work on.
The former St Mirren star has made a real impact under Neil Lennon this summer. Brought in from the cold against Sarajevo, Morgan impressed with his directness and ability to weave past full-backs.
Since then, he’s been given further opportunities by Lenny after spending the second half of last season at Sunderland. He most recently started in the 5-2 win at Fir Park against Motherwell, where he once again showed up well.
But there’s one thing currently missing from his game at the minute – goals. Morgan has been at Parkhead for over a year now but has yet to find the net. And, speaking in the Daily Record, he claims that it’s something he’s itching to rectify.
“Obviously we’re doing something right and the manager’s got us playing good attacking football. I want to really kick on and start adding goals too.
“Listen, the first one usually is the hardest one. Obviously, I do base my game around that, but it’s just not falling for me at the minute. It’s something I’ve got to work on and of course, you are going to be judged on your numbers as an attacking player.
“I’m not hiding away from that, but I’m not going to put pressure on myself. I want to get that first one and I’m sure when I do I’ll be able to kick on. To be fair at the moment, everyone is helping out!”
Morgan’s first goal won’t be far away
The fact is that Morgan is getting into the right areas. Eventually, the goals will start to flow from him. He had a couple of opportunities at Fir Park that he just couldn’t manage to take.
He’s snatching at his openings just now, and that’s clear for everyone to see. Some of his efforts on Saturday were just too rushed, and even though he says he isn’t putting pressure on himself, you can see how much he wants that first strike.
At the moment, however, he can be delighted with what he’s giving Neil Lennon and the Celtic supporters. He’s providing key depth at left-mid when Mikey Johnston isn’t available. Without Morgan available, we wouldn’t really have that given how poor Scott Sinclair’s been over the last 12 months.
He’s making a fine contribution with his all-round game, and that’s what he has to take away from his displays. Nobody could’ve envisaged the remarkable rise through the ranks that the Hoops youngster has had. He looked a long way from this position before pre-season.
But the fact is that Morgan has been impressing just as much as anyone else in the Celtic side. He’s more than earned his place here, and in time he’ll get his first goal for the club.
He may not be first-choice, but he’s in and around things. Who could’ve seen that before the trip to Sarajevo?