Everything you need to know about Celtic's next signing Lewis Morgan
Lewis Morgan is expected to be announced as Celtic's next signing, after being spotted arriving for a club medical on Thursday morning.
The midfielder will sign for the Scottish Premiership leaders in a deal thought to be worth around £300,000, although will be immediately loaned back to former club St Mirren, who are at the top of the Championship table. So Hoops fans will have to wait until the summer to see him take to the pitch in a green and white shirt.
Until then, what can we say we know about him?
Lewis Morgan Profile
Place of birth: Paisley
Season statistics: Morgan has netted 13 goals in 26 appearances for St Mirren so far this term.
History: Morgan actually played the Rangers youth set-up before St Mirren snatched him on his first professional contract in 2013. He has kicked on in the last 18 months and won the St Mirren Player of the Year award last season.
What has been said about him?
Plenty. He has won a lot of admirers during over three years in the St Mirren senior side.
Brendan Rodgers (Celtic manager): “The boy Lewis Morgan at St Mirren: quick, dynamic, can press, can run, can get at people.”
Jack Ross (St Mirren manager): "He gets kicked a lot. Referees seem to allow five or six tackles before they decide that they’re hard enough. I think he should be given more protection as he hasn’t been given enough but he’s going to get bumps and bruises because he’s that type of player. There have been a few things that have been let go in recent weeks but Lewis’s response has been good. He just tells his teammates to give him the ball again. He’s happy to take it and that’s an improvement in his mindset."
Craig Samson (St Mirren goalkeeper): "Any team that has Lewis in it has got a real advantage because he's a fantastic talent and he's got a real chance. The club that he's going to are getting a top, top player."
He could have signed for Celtic twice before now
According to the Scottish Sun, Morgan had been scouted by both Celtic and Rangers before he signed for the Ibrox club as a boy. Then when he rejected a two-year deal to remain with the Light Blues, the Bhoys were again interested. A straight-thinknig teenager, he opted instead to sign for 'smaller club' St Mirren in search of a quicker path into senior football.
Celtic have already been part of one of his biggest days so far
The Bhoys actually played a part in one of the most significant days of Morgan's career so far. He made his senior debut against the Hoops, who won the match 2-1. “I remember coming on to play against Virgil Van Dijk and couldn’t believe the size of him," he recalled. “At that point I was still quite slight, and it must have looked a little silly when I was stood next to him that day."
Let's see what he can do
Here's one of the best goals he's scored to date, a long-range curler against East Fife that won Goal of the Round in the Scottish Cup last season.
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