Celtic winger Lewis Morgan could be on his way out of the club soon after the Hoops accepted a transfer offer for him. After the Daily Mail had reported of Inter Miami’s interest in the 23-year-old, STV subsequently claimed that the Parkhead club have accepted a bid from David Beckham’s new Major League Soccer outfit.
According to STV, Celtic have approved of a six-figure bid from the Florida-based club which is thought to be significantly higher than the £250,000 that the Hoops paid to St Mirren for him in January 2018, with Morgan leaving his team’s mid-season training camp in Dubai to discuss the potential move with his family.
Morgan has never managed to find his best form at Celtic, who loaned him back to St Mirren upon signing him two years ago before giving him opportunities last season. Having had to rely mostly on substitute appearances, though, he was loaned to Sunderland for the second half of 2018/19 before returning to Parkhead, where after a run of games in the Champions League qualifiers last summer he again struggled for regular game-time (as per TransferMarkt).
Two years after Celtic signed him, the 23-year-old has managed only 11 starts for the Hoops and 31 appearances in total, with just two goals to his name (as per TransferMarkt). He has also struggled to contribute much in terms of assists, setting up only three goals during his time with the Scottish champions. Morgan has played mainly on the left flank during his career, although he had a run of games at centre-forward during the winter when Odsonne Edouard was out with a knee injury.
He could be the second left winger to be moved on by Celtic this month, with Scott Sinclair sealing a move to Preston earlier in the week. That would suggest that Neil Lennon has a strong show of faith in left-sided pair Mikey Johnston and Mohamed Elyounoussi, who between them have 13 goals and 11 assists this season.
With Celtic already considering Sinclair dispensable, the firm possibility of Morgan leaving suggests that Lennon is happy to go into the second half of the season with just Johnston and Elyounoussi as his left-wing options, even with the former missing three months through injury and the latter barely featuring since November with a foot problem.
The impressive goal contributions of the pair highlight why the manager may be content to proceed with just two left wingers in the long-term injury absence of Daniel Arzani, but the fitness problems endured by Johnston and Elyounoussi could easily see Celtic suddenly left short in this sector if either or both are out at any given time. Therefore, while Morgan has been largely ineffective for the Hoops, his potential departure could see Lennon running the risk of being short on choice on the left-hand side.
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