Lewis Morgan’s chance to impress Neil Lennon came in Tuesday night’s 3-1 Champions League win over Sarajevo.
Nobody can deny the impact the winger made. He was switched around from left to right for the final half hour, yet always got beyond his full-back to put some decent deliveries into the penalty area. That was regardless of what side he was playing on too.
It’s also worth remembering that Morgan provided the terrific cross that Scott Sinclair back-heeled a third in from. He was dynamic and direct, and it left an impression on the supporters.
So the big question now is what’s next for the attacker? Well, the answer to that simply has to be Saturday’s friendly against Rennes. It provides Neil Lennon with the chance to see whether it was just a one-off on Tuesday night, or whether Morgan really does have something about him.
As for Morgan, it could be a huge opportunity to springboard himself into the first-team picture once again. A chance to play at Parkhead against a decent Ligue 1 side is a good test of his abilities. And, the fact that this is Rennes’ first pre-season game of the season, Celtic should have too much for them in any case.
Lewis Morgan’s chance is coming
Celtic still have the second leg against Sarajevo to come at Celtic Park. Lennon won’t want to disrespect our Bosnian opponents either, and close to our strongest team will likely be played.
That means that the likes of James Forrest, Scott Sinclair, and Mikey Johnston could easily miss the Rennes game. It opens up a nice little door of opportunity for Morgan.
If he manages to star against the French outfit, more opportunities will surely come his way. There’s no reason why he can’t be our surprise package this season, as he looked eager to make an impression last Tuesday.
Question marks would persist over where he would be likely to play. After all, Johnston’s electric form won’t see him dropped from left-mid anytime soon. Meanwhile, Forrest continues to command the right-wing on his own. Morgan could slip in as competition for him, but he needs to prove he has the ability first and foremost.
So far, it’s been such a positive start to the season for Lennon’s men. Four games including pre-season friendlies without defeat and three wins to our name. Confidence is high, and that’s clearly trickling down to the likes of Morgan too.
Saturday presents a fine opportunity for him, and hopefully, he gets and takes it.