The Chalkboard: Lewis Morgan will find it difficult to break into Celtic side this summer

Celtic manager Neil Lennon won’t have much time to assess his first-team squad before the thick and fast action starts again for the Hoops this summer.

Lennon’s side are currently due to play their first UEFA Champions League qualifier on July 9 or 10, and after a short break the Celtic Park boss will be busy back at work preparing the team for that initial challenge.

One of the players he’ll have to make a decision on quickly is winger Lewis Morgan, who just completed an incredibly long season with Sunderland, just missing out on promotion to the English Championship after Sunday’s play-off final.

He’ll be returning from loan to compete for a left wing spot, but does he have what it takes to make it at Celtic Park?

On the chalkboard

There’s already a fair bit of competition for the position at Celtic Park although it arguably does need strengthened if the Hoops have ambitions of making an impact in Europe.

Scott Sinclair has been first pick for most of the last 12 months, making 55 appearances in 2019/20, scoring 17 goals. Despite that decent tally, question marks have been raised about his ability to impress consistently, definitely opening the door for a new left winger to make the position his own.

Morgan though looks to be the least compelling option of the players immediately available to Lennon with both Mikey Johnston and Daniel Arzani probably ahead of him right now in the queue.

Sunderland impact

The 22-year-old didn’t have a completely ineffective spell at Sunderland after joining in the January transfer window, making 22 appearances in all competitions.

With just two goals and four assists though, he didn’t stand out too much either and given he was playing at English League One level, it doesn’t bode well when considering the kind of attacking output Celtic will be looking for in Europe and big domestic matches.

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Right now, the step up between St Mirren and Celtic looks to have been too great of a divide for the young winger. He excelled at Scottish Championship level for the Buddies, but he’s done nothing since the move to suggest he can be a regular for the Hoops.

Can he surprise everyone and force his way into Lennon’s plans this summer? The jury is very much out.

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