Lewis Morgan shares Celtic frustration and "the only thing" he wishes was different about Bhoys spell

By John McGinley

March 14, 2022

Former Celtic attacker Lewis Morgan has opened up on his time at the Bhoys and where it all went wrong for him before his move to Major League Soccer.

Morgan was signed during the Brendan Rodgers reign at Celtic but struggled to make a consistent impact and only managed 11 starts before moving on.

Now performing well at New York Red Bulls after making the switch from Inter Miami, Morgan has been reflecting on a difficult time of his career.

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Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “At Celtic I was still getting to play a part in the squad but mostly I was playing as a 9 – up front myself. Probably wasn’t showing myself in the best light. I didn’t really get the rub of the green or the bounce of the ball when I went to Celtic, with injuries and what not.

“I just wanted to get away and somewhere where I was going to play more often. All credit to Celtic that we had such a strong squad that no-one is guaranteed that, but I did want to get somewhere where I knew I was going to play my own role more consistently. And I just thought for the benefit of my career that I left.

“The only thing that I wish was different were the injuries. When I went to Celtic I was flying – that first season with the Champions League qualifiers I felt brilliant. Then after having knee surgery I didn’t get my rhythm back for a while. There’s nothing I can do about it now. I still got to play in big games – Champions League, Europa League, cup finals.

“When you look at it like that there’s still positives for me to take although I didn’t perform how I wanted to perform. Everything happens for a reason and now I’m here and I’m enjoying my football – there’s no hard feelings or nothing towards it.”

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Morgan’s stunning hat-trick last week in MLS is evidence of the kind of thing he can produce. However, reaching that kind of form always depends on having the right environment and luck when it comes to health and fitness.

It sounds like it just wasn’t to be for the 25-year-old at the Bhoys, but it is genuinely nice to see him land on his feet elsewhere.

Now targeting breaking back into the Scotland squad, it’ll be interesting if Morgan can go on to new heights and push his way into World Cup plans.

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