Lewis Morgan to Aberdeen has reportedly moved one step closer.
According to the Daily Express, the Dons have held talks with the former St Mirren kid over a loan deal this month. Derek McInnes has apparently met with Morgan, and is awaiting the youngster’s decision.
Interestingly, according to the report, Celtic aren’t willing to let him go to either Hibs or St Mirren. Despite the interest, the club only seem prepared to allow him to head to Aberdeen if he stays in Scotland.
Celtic have, of course, benefited from this partnership in the past. Ryan Christie spent a couple of seasons up north before becoming a mainstay at Parkhead. The deal did plenty for his development, and he enjoyed it so much he was sent back for a further 12 months when his original six month-loan was over.
It wouldn’t be surprising if Celtic have the same vision planned for Morgan. It’s been a tried and tested method, and the club clearly still have plans for him in the long-term.
Celtic don’t want him leaving permanently
Celtic don’t want to let him leave permanently according to the report. Despite considerable interest from the likes of Hull, Birmingham, and Sunderland, Morgan’s long-term future seems to lie at Parkhead.
Brendan Rodgers has opened up on getting Morgan a loan deal, and it would be surprising if that didn’t turn out to be the case. That’s despite the Celtic manager stating that the winger could end up staying if nothing appropriate comes up.
At the moment, however, it looks as though the Dons may be in the lead in the race for Morgan.
So far this season, Morgan has played just 13 times for Celtic. He’s yet to score a goal or provide an assist, and that shows the struggles he’s had in adapting to life at Parkhead.
A loan deal to Aberdeen could be the way forward like it was for Christie. A deal, of course, hasn’t yet been done, but you could easily see why all parties would be keen on this to get over the line.