Lewis Morgan role in Celtic win should not be forgotten about

By John Reid

December 5, 2019

Almost all the talk after Celtic’s 2-1 win over Hamilton was about Scott Brown’s injury time winning goal. That is to be expected, as it was a big moment for the Hoops, coming merely moments after Hamilton had equalised. It ensured that Celtic remained top of the league, and was Celtic’s 11th consecutive win in all competitions.

However, one aspect of the game that should not be overlooked is the performance of Lewis Morgan. For the third game in a row he started as a lone striker for the Hoops. And for the third game in a row, he was involved in a Celtic goal.

Provided an assist for opening goal

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After scoring against Rennes, and providing an assist against Ross County, he provided an assist of sorts for the opening goal against Hamilton.

His shot was saved by Luke Southwood and Ryan Christie was on hand to fire the rebound into the back of the net.

Morgan was replaced in the second-half by Leigh Griffiths as the Hoops looked for a second goal, but overall he has done well for the Hoops in an unfamiliar role.

May not start in cup final

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Morgan’s time as Celtic’s main striker was always going to be a short-term move, and it would not be a surprise if he wasn’t up-front in Sunday’s Betfred Cup Final against Rangers. The Hoops will be trying desperately to get Odsonne Edouard fit for the game. If he can’t play, Leigh Griffiths could well be an option.

Even if Morgan doesn’t start the cup final, he should still take plenty of confidence from the fact that he was trusted by Neil Lennon to start in some important games for the Hoops.

That shows that he could still have a future with the club, which looked unlikely last season when he left to  join Sunderland on loan for the second-half of the season.

Overall, the Morgan as striker move has been a success, and the player deserves credit for that.