Celtic’s Assistant manager Chris Davies feels new signing Lewis Morgan has what it takes to be a hit at Celtic Park and will fit right into Brendan Rodgers’ squad.
Speaking in this week’s Celtic View, Davies praised the young winger after sealing the transfer last week and admitted the club had been interested in the player for a long while.
I was very pleased.I know as time progressed there was a lot of interest in him down in England as well. He is someone I have seen play a few times live for Scotland U21s, and he was the standout player on both times, particularly in the game against Holland when he really stood out against a good full-back in terms of his speed, directness and one-v-one ability.
Davies was also keen to highlight the qualities of the winger and how he is exactly the type of player that the club were looking for.
To play in Brendan’s teams you can’t just be a good player with the ball.It’s what you do without the ball and how you work for the team. You need to be selfless and be able to press, especially as an attacking player in how you press the ball at the top end of the pitch.
Tactically he has an understanding of how to do that and he’s certainly got the mentality to work hard for the team as well. He’s a hard-working player but he also has a lot of technical quality on the ball.
Celtic won the race for Morgan’s signature for a fee of around £300,000 with the 21-year-old remaining at St. Mirren on loan until the end of the season as they chase promotion and the Championship title.
We are pleased to have him on board. Obviously he is back with St Mirren and we wish them all the best in the rest of their season, but it’s an exciting move for Lewis and hopefully it can work out well for him and the club.
Celtic will hope that Morgan continues to thrive for the remainder of the season under St. Mirren boss Jack Ross after some good recent form. He hit two goals in a win over Dundee Utd before scoring again at Morton and has an impressive 13 goals so far this season.
It will be tough for the young man with fierce competition on the flanks, the likes of Scott Sinclair, James Forrest, Jonny Hayes and also youngster Mikey Johnston all vying for a place in the team, but will certainly have his chance in the hoops under Brendan Rodgers.