Lewis Morgan was at it again in yesterday’s friendly win over Rennes, bagging the Celtic MOTM award in deserving fashion.
Celtic could only manage a 0-0 draw with the Ligue 1 outfit on the day. But, despite that, there were some notably good individual displays by the men in green-and-white. The likes of Ewan Henderson, Christopher Jullien, and Jonny Hayes showed up well. But none of them were as impressive as Morgan.
The former St Mirren winger was given recognition by the club for his performance too. He was awarded the official man of the match award (Celticfc.net)
First off, of course, there was nothing overly spectacular to the Morgan display. We’re not going to exaggerate it, but to say it wasn’t energetic and direct would be a flat out lie.
The winger often combined with Anthony Ralston well and showed lovely footwork to create some space for himself and his team-mates. He was always forward-thinking too, which is refreshing from a Celtic winger these days. Morgan’s back-passes were limited, and he showed his inventiveness on more than one occasion.
Morgan certainly looks to have come back from Sunderland a much better player than he was when he left. There’s a confidence to his game now, and he no longer looks like he’s trying to hide on the pitch.
Celtic MOTM yet another clear indication of Morgan’s progression
The big question before the game was whether he would be given the opportunity. He was, and once again he took it. Now, Lennon must seriously be thinking about giving the winger some Champions League action once again on Wednesday when Sarajevo come calling.
After all, who else truly deserves a run at left-mid as it stands? Mikey Johnston could still be injured, and Scott Sinclair was disappointingly poor against Rennes. With Daniel Arzani also not yet up to speed, Morgan deserves the jersey yet again on Wednesday.
His performances don’t deserve just being dropped and forgotten about. He’s earned his two displays this season so far, and is making the most of them. It’s now all down to how much trust Lennon truly has in Morgan.
It’s another terrific option to add to our wide-men this season. But for so long as Morgan performs, he must be given the jersey to continue his fine form. Nobody else who’s fit deserves to just yank it off him.
Last season, Morgan would just be running into players and losing the ball. He was a rabbit in the headlights. This year, however, there’s more purpose, an understanding of what he’s doing on the pitch. And voila, it’s changed the perception many will have originally had on Morgan.
Hopefully, he gets his chance to impress on Wednesday once again, But for the two appearances he’s already had, who could argue against his inclusion for midweek?