MLS hero discusses his £300k Celtic move in 2018; why things didn't work out

By David Walton

June 1, 2022

Former Celtic winger Lewis Morgan has discussed why things didn’t work out during his spell at Parkhead.

Morgan arrived under Brendan Rodgers in what looked like a shrewd £300k agreement with St Mirren [Scottish Sun]. Not many expected Morgan to fail given the reputation he had formed for himself during his days in Paisley.

However, Morgan only made 11 starts for the club before signing for Inter Miami in 2020. Neither Rodgers nor Neil Lennon saw a place for the talented winger, who’s gone on to become a smash-hit in the USA.

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He’s been discussing his Celtic spell in an interview with Glasgow Live, and Morgan outlined why it didn’t go to plan in his view:

“It was a big step in my career coming from St Mirren. I think at the time I had a few different options on the table but with Brendan Rodgers being the manager, obviously it is a massive club. I am ambitious as a football player and wanted to test myself at the highest level.

“It is well documented that I had a couple of injury problems when I was there and sometimes you just need everything to fall into place and sometimes that doesn’t happen. It is something I am sure I will look back on with fond memories when I stop playing.

“But from a sporting side, I wanted to play more and that is what led to me trying to move on and get regular football elsewhere.”

Lewis Morgan had his moments but Celtic spell just never worked out

There were times in Morgan’s career where it looked as though he was going to make it at Parkhead. Fleeting moments of quality that just weren’t build upon.

He put in some impressive cameo outings in the UCL qualifiers back in the 2019/20 campaign, but was never given a run of starts. He then showed up well in a 3-1 Europa League win vs Rennes in which he netted the opener. But again, opportunities to start would become sparse.

He’s undoubtedly developed since heading over to Inter Miami in 2020. Now with the New York Red Bulls, Morgan is one of their most potent threats. Indeed, he even ended last term as Miami’s MVP.

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He already has 7 goals in 15 New York appearances too. That’s despite not playing as an out-and-out striker. Morgan is certainly growing, and at 25 he’s maybe even one to keep an eye on. There’s no reason he couldn’t be a success in Scottish football these days.

Not that he seems overly fussed about a return. When he does decide to come back to Europe, he’ll have plenty of offers waiting for him on the table.

But there’s no denying the Lewis Morgan we’re seeing now isn’t the one that was showing up at Celtic. All credit to him.

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