Noel Whelan has become the latest pundit to criticise Lewis Morgan for his display against Rangers on Sunday.
Chris Sutton suggested in his column for the Daily Record that the 23-year-old’s performance was “painful to watch” as he struggled to make an impact on the game, and it was as if Celtic were playing with 10 men while he was on the pitch.
And speaking to Football Insider, Whelan echoed the former Celtic striker’s sentiments before labelling Morgan’s performance as “powderpuff.”
It didn’t work at all with Morgan up front. He looked powderpuff and it was like playing with 10 men. Celtic were better with Edouard up front and with 10, than Morgan leading the attack and 11.
The ball wasn’t sticking to Morgan and the Rangers defenders were all over him. He was all at sea. It’s a big risk to play a striker who’s not 100 per cent fit, and that’s why Edouard didn’t start. But Celtic need him fit to win the title.
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While Whelan’s comments are slightly too harsh given how a number of Celtic players were below par against Rangers, Morgan did struggle to offer the same threat as Odsonne Edouard.
That is hardly surprising however, with Morgan playing in an unfamiliar role in such a big game.