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Celtic TT Roundup: Lewis Morgan wanted by St Mirren, Scott Brown lauded by pundits, Tsoanelo Letsosa sparks interest from European scouts

In this instalment of our TT Roundup, Football Transfer Tavern have gathered three of the biggest stories to have involved Celtic recently and have provided our thoughts on the reports published.

St Mirren hoping to sign Lewis Morgan

St Mirren are hoping to bring Celtic winger Lewis Morgan back to Paisley in January, with manager Jim Goodwin telling STV that the 23-year-old is a player he would “love to get”.

According to STV, the Buddies are hopeful of striking a loan deal for Morgan, who joined the Hoops from St Mirren in 2018 but was loaned out to Sunderland for some of last season.

Goodwin told STV: “Of course Lewis would be a player we’d love to get, he’s obviously been here before and been very successful. He’s a quality footballer but at this minute in time he’s not available. We haven’t been told by Celtic that he is and he remains part of their squad.”

Verdict

With Mohamed Elyounoussi, Scott Sinclair and Mikey Johnston all vying for the role of left winger at Celtic, Morgan has been limited to five starts in all competitions this season.

Elyounoussi has made a huge impact with seven goals since arriving three months ago but both he and Johnston have been injured recently, while Sinclair has barely featured and has reportedly told friends that he wants to leave the club, as per Football Insider.

At present, the Hoops might not be able to afford letting Morgan leave, but if the other left wingers were to bounce back strongly from injury, then it probably would make sense to loan him out if he can’t forge his way into Neil Lennon’s first XI.

Pundits think international retirement has helped Scott Brown at Celtic

Chris Sutton and Ally McCoist have both commended the displays of Scott Brown for Celtic in recent months since his retirement from the Scotland national team and have advised him not to return to the Tartan Army, with the 34-year-old not ruling out an international comeback (as per The Scottish Sun).

Sutton told BT Sport [via HITC]: “I don’t think that would necessarily benefit him. He has been phenomenal this season, the fact that he has had that rest, and what have you.”

McCoist echoed Sutton’s sentiments, saying on BT Sport [via HITC]: “I think clearly Scott Brown has benefitted from the fact that he has not been involved in international football, the rest that he has got, and I think that should continue.”

Verdict

Brown’s goal against Livingston on Saturday was his third in 27 appearances this season, matching his goal tally from 51 games in 2018/19.

He announced his international retirement during the 2017/18 campaign, in which he didn’t score once for Celtic in 56 games.

Those figures would support the views of Sutton and McCoist that the midfielder’s club form has benefitted from stepping away from Scotland duty.

Tsoanelo Letsosa catches the eye of European scouts

Celtic manager Neil Lennon during the press conference ahead of Europa League clash with CFR Cluj

Celtic midfielder Tsoanelo Letsosa has reportedly been attracting plenty of attention among scouts from multiple European clubs.

According to Football Insider, the 16-year-old has caught the eye of elite clubs from the Premier League and mainland Europe with his performances for Scotland in the underage Victory Shield tournament.

Football Insider added that the teenager has impressed observers with his technical qualities, speed and athleticism.

Verdict

With Letsosa apparently attracting widespread interest from European clubs, and having set numerous records in athletics in Glasgow underage competitions (as per Football Insider), Celtic seem to have a very promising prospect on their hands.

They could find it difficult to keep him at the club, though, if one of the continent’s top names comes forward with an enticing proposal.

It was only three months ago that Bayern Munich signed 16-year-old defender Liam Morrison from Celtic, who could be facing into a similar situation with Letsosa judging by the reports on his development.

Celtic fans, what do you make of these stories concerning the club? Give us your thoughts in the comments section below!

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