In all the summer hysteria about new and returning players, Celtic seem to have forgotten about Lewis Morgan.
The Scotland international, who joined the club from St. Mirren a year ago, seems to be a bit of an outcast at Celtic Park and it may be hard for some to work out why.
While the likes of Mikey Johnston and Ewan Henderson have stolen the show in pre-season, 22-year-old Morgan has been a bit part player. The young winger has had limited opportunities, even in friendlies, and he must wonder if that trend is going to continue throughout the season.
Morgan played well for a second-string Hoops side on Tuesday. He even managed to get on the scoresheet as a largely fringe XI thumped St. Gallen’s under-21s 9-1 in Switzerland.
The youngster clearly has enormous potential. You don’t get nominated for a national award while playing outwith the top-flight otherwise. Morgan’s time at St. Mirren does look to have been his best at this stage with him failing to hit the heights in Glasgow since his move.
Lewis Morgan will have to work for Celtic chance
He featured 13 times for the club last season, starting just once – bizarrely in a Europa League defeat to RB Leipzig. Morgan then spent the second half of the season with former boss Jack Ross at Sunderland. He played 22 times for the Black Cats and netted two goals – a far cry from the 17 he scored for St. Mirren the previous year.
Given the strength in depth we have at left-midfield, another loan move for Morgan may be beneficial for both parties. The youngster shouldn’t lose faith though. It took Ryan Christie three separate loan spells before he was deemed ready to make his mark on the first-team.
Morgan should use the former Aberdeen man as a bit of inspiration. And Celtic should show a bit of faith in the youngster. It would be a shame to see him leave the club permanently this summer when it seems like he could have something to offer one day.