Lewis Morgan's Celtic stay poses some key questions

By David Walton

December 16, 2019

Lewis Morgan’s future at Celtic appears to have been settled after Nicky Hammond’s apparent decision to keep him at Parkhead.

According to the Daily Record, Hammond dismissed an approach from Stoke City for a potential January loan deal. The thinking is that Morgan will stay at Parkhead and continue to fight for his place. The Record also states that Morgan himself also wants to remain in Glasgow.

So far this season, Neil Lennon has put plenty of trust in him. He’s appeared on 18 occasions this term, and was handed a start against Rangers in last weekend’s Betfred Cup final (Transfermarkt).

Lewis Morgan looks set to stay at Celtic this January (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The problem? He’s still not impressing enough to nail down a spot in this Celtic side. In fact, Morgan has players ahead of him in every position he’s available to play in.

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We all know that Morgan isn’t a striker. Naturally, he’s a wide man. But even so, where are the opportunities really going to come for him down either flank?

Morgan isn’t anywhere near first-choice in any position

Mohamed Elyounoussi and Mikey Johnston have surely got the left wrapped up. So long as both men stay fit, Morgan shouldn’t be getting a look-in down that side.

Mikey Johnston is just one of the players ahead of Morgan down the left (Paul Ursachi/MB Media/Getty Images)

Switch over to the right and you have James Forrest. He plays in every single big game for Celtic and rightly so. In fact, he rarely gets a rest and has played a total of 31 times for the club this season (Transfermarkt).

In his absence, perhaps Morgan would be given an opportunity to shine. However, isn’t that why Marian Shved was brought in? Surely supporters would like to see a bit more of him when Forrest can’t play.

To us, it seems as though Lenny, despite Morgan’s performances of late, is still a clear fan. He hasn’t seen enough the way some in the support have (HITC) For some, Morgan leaving on loan would likely be the ideal thing for him to do.

Then again, it’s also important to remember that Morgan went to Sunderland and hardly came back a better player. He still wasn’t able to cut it at Parkhead after a year in League One.

Morgan has certainly played more than many would’ve expected this season (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Yet the difference between Sunderland and Stoke is a division. You would fancy Morgan to improve playing in the Championship every week. In addition to that, he would be under real pressure to perform at Stoke and ensure they don’t avoid a disastrous relegation this season.

So the move south, if it was indeed on the cards, would’ve seemed like the best for all parties. The only conclusion we can come to is that Lennon still sees plenty of opportunities for him in the second half of the season.

Whether that’s a good thing or not remains to be seen, but there are still question marks as to why staying at Parkhead would be best for him.