Lewis Morgan’s chances of game-time over the Christmas period are perhaps more positive than his rivals, and that’s exactly what he’s got his eye on.
Morgan hasn’t managed to jump above either Mohamed Elyounoussi or Mikey Johnston in the pecking order this season. Becoming first-choice at left-mid hasn’t worked out for him.
But that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been a better season than last. Morgan has been given 13 appearances this season so far under Neil Lennon (Transfermarkt). To put that into perspective, that’s three less than the most-used substitute Jonny Hayes (Transfermarkt). Last season, he only managed 12 outings before the winter break.
Morgan wants even more, however. Speaking in the Daily Record, he confirmed that he has his eyes set on featuring more during the festive period.
“The double headers are tough (with Scotland) and the manager is going to need everyone. It’s been good to be away and part of it and I’ll be ready if the manager needs me.
“It’s the same with Celtic. You look at the run of fixtures and there’s a lot of games from now until Christmas and everyone will need to play their part.
“The games always come thick and fast with Celtic and you need to be ready. I want to feature as much as possible and maybe get more minutes than I have recently. But that’s down to me.”
Morgan will certainly get his chances
Neil Lennon hasn’t confirmed that Morgan will feature regularly, but his game-time this season so far suggests that he will.
Morgan has managed seven more appearances than Scott Sinclair, and a whopping 11 over frozen-out Ukrainian international Marian Shved. Even if he’s only scored one goal and managed two assists, Morgan is still clearly valued by Lennon.
Unfortunately for Morgan, you have to imagine that Elyounoussi will play in the big games. The two matches with Rangers, Tynecastle, Hibs and Aberdeen at Celtic Park – those all read like big games for Mo to start in.
However, we also have fixtures against Livingston, Ross County, Hamilton, and St Mirren respectively. As well as those fixtures, Celtic have two European games against Rennes and Cluj respectively. Lennon has already said that he wants to use the squad for the Euro ties too (Celtic View, Volume 55, Issue 19, Pages 8+9).
So there will be plenty of opportunities for Morgan to get involved. But it’s crucial he takes them when they come his way. Supporters still need to be convinced about what he brings to the table.
It’s going to be a big couple of months for Morgan and many others. From a supporters’ perspective, let’s just hope this brings out the best in as many players as possible.