Some Celtic fans want Lewis Morgan experiment to end

By David Walton

December 9, 2019

Some Celtic fans have called on Neil Lennon to end the Lewis Morgan experiment that threatened to cost us the Betfred Cup yesterday.

Morgan put in a power of running against Rangers, and did his best to put as much pressure on their back-line as possible. However, over the course of his near 60-minute appearance, he didn’t cause Rangers any bother with Celtic struggling to get up the pitch.

Lewis Morgan got stuck in but didn’t do enough (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The winger was thrown in at the deep end and struggled to hold the ball up efficiently enough. It was only after he came off for Odsonne Edouard that we started getting any sort of final-third joy.

And after what was a grueling experience for Morgan in his first derby outing, some fans want the new Lennon experiment to end:

If Griffiths is injured again then Bayo must be third-choice

The idea of Lennon playing Morgan is surely down to the fact that we have no striker fit to play. Odsonne Edouard clearly wasn’t fit enough to start the game, whilst Leigh Griffiths wasn’t in the squad.

However, Vakoun Bayo hopefully isn’t too far from a return to contention after being confirmed to be back training last week (The Scotsman). When our first-choice duo aren’t available, it should hopefully be Bayo who gets his chance to step in over Morgan from now on.

Vakoun Bayo must be Celtic’s third-choice striker over Morgan (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Morgan should by no means be done at Celtic. This game was just a step too far in a position he hasn’t played much in. It worked against Rennes’ second-string, and he performed well enough against Ross County too. However, those are the kind of games you can get away with it in.

Playing Rangers in a cup final must lead us to playing a proper, natural centre-forward in the position. The same goes for any game against the better sides in Scotland.

Will Neil Lennon stick with the Morgan experiment? (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Yet, it will be interesting to see if Lenny sticks with Morgan for Cluj. The manager stated today that he’s hoping Eddy will be up to full speed for the visit of Hibs on Sunday (Celtic Twitter). As for Griff, there’s still to be any word on him. So it could be the case that, if all three strikers are out, Lenny once again turns to the former St Mirren man.

Morgan deserves a break, but he isn’t a striker. Any chance he gets between now and the end of December simply must be in his natural wide positions.