Celtic are not interested in loaning Lewis Morgan during the upcoming January transfer window, according to a report in The Daily Record.
The paper says that Stoke City have recently made enquiries about potentially signing the Hoops attacker, with manager Michael O’Neill keen on adding creativity to his side.
However, the report states that Celtic’s Head of Football Operations Nick Hammond has made it clear that the club do not want to loan him out.
It’s said that Morgan is also keen on staying at Celtic Park to fight for his place in Neil Lennon’s squad.
The manager has shown a willingness to play him this season, with the player even making something of a starting breakthrough in recent weeks.
Does Morgan have a Celtic future?
Truthfully if I had to make a gut call on Morgan’s long-term prospects at Celtic Park, I’d fall on the side of him never quite making it as a star player at the Hoops.
I think he’s a talented player and there is absolutely no doubt he has worked hard to keep pace with others in Lennon’s squad, however, there are clear limits to his game.
Lennon utilising him as a striker recently paid off against Rennes, but in the other matches, he looked pretty ineffective and unsure of the position.
Out wide he’s not impressed me much more in honesty and for all his graft and effort, he’s just lacking that added bit of quality on the ball for me to really think he can be a stand-out with us.
With prospects like Mikey Johnston coming through, it’s hard to see where he fits in.
A January move doesn’t sound like the worst idea, to be honest, but clearly the club wants to keep him in their plans. That’s admirable and clearly they see something in him.
Nothing would be better than him truly hitting his stride in the second half of the season.