There have been mixed emotions among Celtic supporters in the Transfer Tavern this week, what with the Bhoys losing to Anderlecht at Celtic Park on Tuesday night, but ultimately doing enough to secure a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League.
Brendan Rodgers’ men went into their clash with the Belgian giants sitting third in Group B and with a comfort zone after beating their opponents 3-0 in the reverse leg back in September, and they certainly needed it in the end after a flat display on Tuesday. A Jozo Simunovic own goal just after the hour mark was enough to secure the visitors a 1-0 victory at Parkhead, yet it will be Rodgers’ Celtic who are playing Europa League football in the New Year in what will be their first European outing post-Christmas since 2015.
Thus, there have been differing emotions among our resident Bhoys fans in the Tavern this week, although they are all likely to be encouraged by a recent report from The Paisley Daily Express (via The Daily Record), which includes some intriguing comments from St Mirren chief executive Tony Fitzpatrick regarding the future of Celtic target Lewis Morgan.
The 21-year-old made his senior debut for the Scottish Championship side back in 2014 and has since gone on to appear a further 96 times for Jack Ross’ men, with this season in particular underlining how bright a future the attacker has in the game.
The Scotland Under-21 international has scored ten goals and laid on eight assists in just 21 games for the club this term, and it’s form which has reportedly attracted the interest of Rodgers’ Celtic, as well as Nottingham Forest and Old Firm rivals Rangers.
And the Bhoys may well have received a welcome boost, as St Mirren chief executive Fitzpatrick has confirmed that Morgan has been allowed to speak to clubs.
He said: ‘We have allowed Lewis to speak to a couple of clubs on his days off, and any move will be in the best interests of everyone involved.
‘But, if he signs in January, the deal will see him remain a St Mirren player until the end of the season.’
Thus, were Celtic to make a move for the 21-year-old, it would have to involve a loan-back clause, but ultimately it does appear that the Bhoys have a good chance of landing the attacking sensation next month.
Landlord’s verdict: Lewis Morgan’s form for St Mirren this season has been sensational, with ten goals and eight assists helping Jack Ross’ men to second place in the Scottish Championship table.
And his fine efforts have attracted the interest of Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic, among others, and they may have received a welcome boost as St Mirren chief executive Tony Fitzpatrick has confirmed that the 21-year-old has been allowed to speak with other clubs about a possible move.
It’s not clear whether Celtic are one of those, but with Morgan’s contract up at the end of the season, and St Mirren willing to let him discuss his future with other sides, the Bhoys must feel like they have a good chance of landing the Scottish youngster next month.
Celtic fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!