Celtic manager Neil Lennon has confirmed that he has no intention of allowing young Liam Morrison’s future to be away from Parkhead.
A report last month from Football Insider had Bayern Munich offering him a contract that he was set to accept. The idea was that the Bavarians believed he could turn into a genuine, world-class star.
Unsurprisingly, nothing has happened as of yet. Celtic, meanwhile, have moved to give him his debut, as he started in the second half of the 6-1 win over Pinkafeld last week. Whether we see more of Morrison against St Gallen tomorrow remains to be seen, but he looked a tidy player in his brief spell on the pitch for the Hoops.
Lennon, therefore, has moved to dismiss speculation that Morrison could leave Parkhead for Munich. Speaking in the Scottish Sun, Lennon responded to the rumours emphatically.
“That’s not going to happen. There is interest from Germany but Liam’s our player and we want to develop him. We’re not accepting any, or open to any, offers for him.
“I think we’re in negotiations over a new contract. It’s too early to say with him but he’s doing really well. He played well last Wednesday night.
“We’re very pleased with his progress.”
Morrison’s future still needs to be secured
Morrison’s future isn’t totally secured at Parkhead as it is. He’s yet to be offered a professional contract, and that’s why Bayern could potentially swoop in under our noses and buy him for a small development fee.
But this is positive reassurance from Lennon. It’s interesting to hear him actually open up and admit the interest from Germany is real. Whether that be Munich or not, it would be an attractive proposition for any young player to try to make it in the Bundesliga.
Fortunately, Lennon appears extremely confident of holding onto his young prodigy. Celtic fans still don’t know an awful lot about what the midfielder is capable of. At just 16-years of age, it could still be a while before we see Morrison regularly at Parkhead too.
What isn’t clear is where the player’s mindset is. Lennon could’ve played a masterstroke by bringing him along to the pre-season training camp. It might make Morrison feel a tad more valued, and gives him that taste of first-team football in the hope that he’s desperate for more.
But it’s clear the young midfielder is a talent. Making sure any German interest remains at bay would be ideal, but it could be difficult to stop if Morrison wants to go.
As it stands, however, Lennon appears entirely confident in keeping Morrison in Glasgow for now.