As Lewis Morgan continues to struggle for game-time at Celtic, the club should send him to Sunderland on-loan.
The former St Mirren starlet has been widely linked with a temporary switch from Parkhead. Brendan Rodgers even suggested that it was a possibility in this morning’s Scottish Sun.
And if Celtic are truly considering it, which they definitely should be, then they have to send him back to his former manager.
Jack Ross has been the only manager to get a strong tune out of Morgan in the past. He brought him on leaps and bounds during his time as a gaffer in Paisley.
During their association together, Morgan made 76 appearances at St Mirren. He was widely regarded as the club’s liveliest player in the final third, and much of that was down to the work of Ross alongside him.
Now, with the youngster struggling to make his mark with the Champions, Celtic have to manage this situation right. Sending him to the right club is essential, or else Morgan could be set back years if Celtic progress well over the next six months.
Sunderland would be the best option
Therefore, the club could do a lot worse than send him over to Sunderland and be reunited with the man he worked best under. The League One side are interested in him, and that makes it even more attractive.
Morgan needs games, but he also needs a good, competitive platform. Sending him back down to the Scottish Championship would be a useless exercise. Another team in the Premiership could work wonders, so long as they perform to a high standard. We all saw the progress Ryan Christie made during his short spell at Aberdeen.
But England’s League One is just as competitive too. Morgan would be able to build up his muscle and learn how to shrug off defenders more easily. That’s been one of the key criticisms of his game this season.
With Oliver Burke in the door and James Forrest still occupying the right, Morgan’s chances at Parkhead in the short-term are extremely limited.
It’s time to send him to a place where he can grow and develop. Sunderland with Ross is the standout candidate.