Report: Former Celtic winger to join three ex-Celts at MLS outfit
According to two esteemed MLS reporters, former Celtic winger Lewis Morgan is on his way to New York Red Bulls from David Beckham owned Inter Miami.
Morgan, a versatile forward who made his name at St Mirren, made 31 appearances for Celtic [Transfermarkt]. Now, after a successful spell so far in the MLS, he could link up with Cameron Harper, Andrew Gutman and Patryk Klimala, who joined the New York Red Bulls from Celtic last season.
In the 2021 campaign, Morgan made 34 appearances, with 2 goals and 2 assists to his name. Despite boasting talents like Gonzalo Higuain and former Premier League man Ryan Shawcross, Inter Miami finished a lowly 11th in the Eastern Conference [MLS].
Morgan’s latest move was reported by The Athletic’s Sam Stejskal and Paul Tenorio:
Morgan left Celtic at the end of the January transfer window. In something of a surprise move, he opted for the MLS, and a new “franchise” owned by David Beckham, in the form of Inter Miami.
Curiously, when Inter Miami announced the signing on their website, they edited out the Green and White from his Celtic shirt.
Morgan has a rare distinction that will have him permanently in the history books; he was the club’s first Most Valuable Player [Inter Miami].
Former Bhoys winger to join considerable Celtic cohort at New York Red Bulls
The New York Red Bulls, it seems, are very keen on fringe Celtic players. Cameron Harper has made 7 MLS appearances and also played 7 times for New York Red Bulls II.
Patryk Klimala, who didn’t get much of a chance in Glasgow, has fared a bit better. Across all competitions, he played 30 games for the Red Bulls, scoring 8 and setting up 6. Bafflingly, he also amassed 6 yellow cards in that time.
And who could forget dear Andrew Gutman? The Illinois-born left-back, who never saw competitive action for Celtic, has been a solid addition. 23 outings, 2 goals and 2 assists, with 3 yellow cards, in a symmetrically pleasing statistical season.
Clearly, someone within the New York Red Bulls scouting team is a Celtic supporter. It’s not beyond the realms of possibility that they may look to Celtic again in the upcoming window.
The MLS, of course, is becoming a plaything for ex-Celtic players and staff. Ronny Deila is managing Red Bulls’ hometown rivals, NYCFC, in the MLS Final. Deila faces Kris Boyd’s former team Portland Timbers [MLS], who of course, play in Green.
Truly, Celtic are massive.
On a serious note, it’s great to see Lewis Morgan excelling after leaving Celtic. It always felt like there was a player there, but he was often shunted out of position in his brief time in the East End of Glasgow. Neil Lennon coming to Celtic essentially closed the door on Morgan, who just wasn’t trusted by the ex-Bhoys boss.
Now, he’s away to join the growing Celtic family at New York Red Bulls.