Neil Lennon labels Lewis Morgan as Celtic's "little bonus"

By David Walton

August 1, 2019

Neil Lennon has described Celtic starlet Lewis Morgan as a “little bonus” of pre-season.

The Scotland international didn’t look like having a hope of breaking through at Parkhead before the trip to Austria and Switzerland. But since getting his first competitive game of the season against Sarajevo three weeks ago, the young Celt hasn’t looked back.

Morgan has now featured in all four competitive matches this season. He also played in the 0-0 friendly draw with Rennes at Celtic Park too. But it’s his directness and confidence that has wowed the supporters since his return. Morgan has looked an entirely different player from the hesitant winger that left for Sunderland on loan back in January.

Lewis Morgan clearly took something from his Sunderland spell (Leila Coker/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

And speaking to the Celtic View (Volume 55, Issue 4, page 6), Lenny touched on Morgan’s pre-season outings.

“I think Lewis has done well and I like the fact that he does cross the ball early, and with either foot as well. So he’s been a little bonus for us this pre-season.

“He’s come back and he’s obviously benifited from the loan spell. In any of the games he’s played, whether that’s Sarajevo, Rennes, or last week against Kalju, he’s featured very well.”

Lennon clearly didn’t expect much from Morgan

What Lenny has let slip with his “little bonus” comment is that he clearly didn’t expect a lot from Morgan. Sure, he threw him on in Sarajevo to help build up his fitness, but he’s clearly taken the Celtic manager by surprise.

That’s not a dent on Lennon. Morgan, after all, has taken absolutely everyone by surprise. It perhaps goes to show just how important confidence can be to a player.

Confidence has proved key for Morgan (centre) (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The former St Mirren youngster looked taken aback by the challenge at Celtic last season. His ball-control was a tad off, whilst his dribbling and even his pace didn’t look as on-point as it is now.

Morgan has managed to impress so much that he’s now a regular feature at the moment. He likely won’t start against  St Johnstone, but it wouldn’t overly surprise anyone if he did.

Morgan has clearly surprised Lennon (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

At the very least, you would fully expect Morgan to come on against St Johnstone this weekend. That sentence alone tells you all you need to know about the improvement in his situation.

His main goal is battling Mikey Johnston for that left-wing spot and trying to make it his own. It’s a tough challenge, but Morgan is now at the stage where he can be trusted by Lennon to make an impact.

Who would’ve said that a few short months ago?