One of the most unexpected developments of Neil Lennon’s time as permanent Celtic manager is his use of Lewis Morgan.
At one stage it looked certain that the player would leave Celtic. The winger spent the second-half of last season on loan at Sunderland, and after rarely featuring for the Hoops last season under Brendan Rodgers, it looked like his time at the club would be brief.
However, the player must have impressed Neil Lennon during the summer, as he has featured for the Hoops on a fairly regular basis this season.
Played in some big games this season
Indeed, he has started some big games for the Hoops this season. He started in the 1-1 draw with Cluj in the Champions League qualifiers.
He might have fallen out of the squad in recent weeks, but he returned to action in the midweek 2-0 win over his former club St Mirren.
The fact that Morgan has made 12 apperances for the Hoops this season should be encouraging to the player. Especially when you consider that a player like Jack Hendry has failed to make a single appearance for the Hoops this season.
That shows that Hendry’s future lies away from Celtic. That might not necessarily be the case with Morgan. The fact that Lennon has continued to play him this season must show that he rates the player.
Can look to current Hoops hero for encouragement
If Morgan is looking for encouragement about his situation at the club, he only has to look at Ryan Christie. At one stage it looked as if Christie had no future with the Hoops. Now he is undeniably one of Celtic’s most important players.
Therefore, Morgan should not give up hope on his chances of becoming a Celtic first-team regular. There are a lot of good players at Celtic Park, particularly attacking ones. That explains why Morgan has been in and out of the squad. However, the fact that he is still being selected in the squad is a promising sign.