What a difference just one game can make.
Before Thursday, Lewis Morgan looked odds on to be one of the players to leave Celtic Park this January. Whether that was a loan move or permanent deal was up for debate but there was not many tipping him to be at the club post-January transfer window.
His inclusion in the Rennes game after Odsonne Edouard succumbed to an injury has breathed new life into the Celtic player’s career and the one man whose opinion really matters has told the media Lewis is going nowhere.
Speaking after the game to RecordSport, the Celtic manager was asked if he and the club would be open for Lewis to head out on a short-term deal:
“We’re not in the mood to do that. He is an important part of the squad.” Lennon declared.
“You can see what he brings at times, he just needs to believe in himself a little bit more and that performance against Rennes will do him the world of good in terms of his confidence.”
“He has been showing that in training and I’m pleased he’s able to convert that into game time.
“His goal was fantastic, a striker’s goal really. It was like an Edouard goal. We felt he could bring pace and he’s a very fit boy.
“He is good with both feet and is getting stronger, that comes from the belief in himself.
“We want him to be aggressive in his play and he certainly was that.”
Morgan has had limited game time because the players in front of him have been undroppable to this point. Unless injuries occur over the winter break, it would be wise to let the player head out for the second half of the season regardless of the goal against Rennes.
If we’ve learned anything from Ryan Christie’s emergence, Lewis going out on loan to an SPFL club could be the making of him.