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Lewis Morgan only need look at Ryan Christie to know short-term future lies away from Celtic

Lewis Morgan only need look at Ryan Christie to know short-term future lies away from Celtic

According to a recent report from The Scottish Sun, the future of Celtic midfielder Lewis Morgan is far from certain heading into the remainder of the January transfer window. The 22-year-old only made the move to Parkhead at the start of 2018 after impressing at St Mirren, yet struggles for regular game time under Bhoys manager Brendan Rodgers this season has called his future at the club into doubt.

And a recent report from The Scottish Sun suggests that Aberdeen, as well as Championship duo Hull City and Nottingham Forest, are keen on a move for the talented attacker, who only needs to look at Ryan Christie and his progression since returning to Celtic from a loan spell to know that his short-term future lies away from Celtic Park.

The Breakdown

Ultimately, it was always likely that Morgan would struggle for regular football at Celtic following his move from St Mirren last year, to the point that he actually returned to the Scottish Championship side for the second half of last season in a bid for the game time he was unlikely to get at Parkhead.

Yet he would have been hoping for more opportunities than the nine league appearances for the Bhoys this term, of which none have been starts, and with no starts in the Scottish League Cup or indeed the Europa League this time round, it doesn’t look like his first team chances will improve heading into the second half of the campaign either.

As such, a loan move would surely be of interest to Morgan, especially if he were to look at Christie’s meteoric rise since returning to Celtic following a loan spell at Aberdeen in 2017 and 2018.

The 23-year-old was signed by ex-Celtic boss Ronny Deila all the way back in 2015 before re-joining Inverness Caledonian Thistle for the second half of the 2014/15 campaign, although upon return to Parkhead that summer, first team opportunities were extremely hard to come by.

In fact, the midfielder only appeared 13 times for the Bhoys before sealing a move to Derek McInnes’ Aberdeen for the second half of the 2016/17 campaign, where he impressed so much with seven goals in 15 games to again join the Dons for the entirety of the following season.

And after another stellar campaign at Pittodrie, in which time he netted eight goals and laid on 15 assists, Christie has since returned to Celtic and become a regular under Rodgers, with 25 appearances to his name in all competitions this season, including starts in eight of their last 11 Scottish Premiership matches.

And with seven goals and five assists in all competitions for the Scottish giants this season, it’s pretty clear that the 23-year-old has returned to Parkhead a completely different player for his experiences out on loan – not only is he now a much-improved player, but he’s a first teamer at Celtic Park.

And that must be of keen interest to Morgan as he seeks to advance his career at Celtic, as to do that he may need to move away in the short-term for the football he simply isn’t going to get under Rodgers.

And he only need look at the exploits of Bhoys teammate Christie to know that a loan spell could be the making of him at Celtic – clearly, his short-term future lies away from Parkhead.

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