On-loan midfielder ‘itching to get started’ upon Celtic return

Celtic signed St Mirren midfielder Lewis Morgan in January and sent the 21-year-old out on loan to his former club for the remaining of the season. He’s now set to play his final game for St Mirren against Falkirk on Saturday before returning to Parkhead and the Evening Times say he’s ‘itching to get started’.

The Scotland u21 international has made 117 appearances in all competitions for St Mirren, scoring and creating 52 goals. Morgan has been an ever-present this season, racking up 41 appearances and contributing 31 goals. The midfielder’s form has even landed him a PFA Young Player of the Season nomination.

Upon his return to his parent club, Morgan will have stiff competition for a starting place in the Hoops’ midfielder – Scott Brown, Olivier Ntcham, Stuart Armstrong, Callum McGregor and Tom Rogic – and would have to dethrone Scott Sinclair, Patrick Roberts and James Forrest to get a game on either flank.

Nevertheless, the 21-year-old has proven his worth with his PFA nomination so Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers should be paying attention. The Hoops boss is expected take a look at Morgan before the season comes to a close and will decide the next course of action.

The midfielder said:

“I am going in to get assessed in various things, but I don’t know what the deal is in terms of training or anything like that. I haven’t heard anything and Celtic are at the real busy part of the season so I just have to wait and see.

“The plan is to go in and let them have a look at me before I go away for summer and I am sure that they will have a programme in mind for me when we are off.”

“I can’t wait to head into the next chapter of my career. There are so many good players at (Celtic) but I just need to go and try to work as well as I possibly can.

“I am really looking forward to it. I feel good in terms of my fitness, I have had a great season with St Mirren, I’m confident and I am eager to go in and learn as much as I can from players who have done it at the top level and a manager who has a great reputation for working with young players.

“I just feel really excited. I am not thinking about what it might take to get into the team or anything like that. I just want to get in and work as hard as I can and see where that takes me.”

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