In Focus: Rodgers’ praise of Morgan well deserved, will Celtic move for him?

As reported by The Herald, Brendan Rodgers has heaped praise on one of Scottish football’s brightest prospects, St Mirren midfielder Lewis Morgan.

What’s the story?

Last week, it was reported that Celtic had received glowing reports about the Scotland U21 international from former player Tosh McKinlay and it seems the former Hoops star is not the only fan of the Buddies man.

While speaking about the young Scottish players coming through currently, Brendan Rodgers praised the in-form midfielder’s abilities, in the same breath as talking about some of Celtic’s top prospects.

As quoted by The Herald, the Hoops boss said:

There are a lot of good players up here, in my short time here I’m really enthused by the level of players because, I can clearly look at them and go how we play, how we work; Mikey Johnston, Tony Ralston will go in there, Mark Hill can come in here, Calvin Miller can come in. So it’s not the players that’s the problem. The boy Lewis Morgan at St Mirren is quick, dynamic, can press, can run, can get at people. Stuart Armstrong here, boys that are quick and can play. So you’ve got the players, it’s about how they are coached and how they are asked to play.

It’s high praise indeed from a manager who is often honest and sincere with his thoughts. Rodgers got a good look at Morgan up close last season when St Mirren visited Celtic Park in a Scottish Cup tie, with the 21-year-old playing the entire 90 minutes and shining.

With his contract up at the end of the season, is the time right for the Hoops to make their move?

Red hot form

Morgan has been a sensation for Jack Ross’ side this season. Flying high at the top of the table, Morgan has played a key role in the Buddies’ excellent form.

So far this term he’s scored eight goals and provided four assists for his teammates in just 13 matches. That’s the kind of red hot form that will make many teams sit up and take notice and it shows that Rodgers’ praise for him is well deserved.

Primarily suited to playing on the left flank, he can also play through the middle and would be competing for attacking midfield positions if he did theoretically make the switch to Celtic.

Competition at the Hoops is fierce in these areas but if Morgan can continue banging in the goals and creating for his teammates, it could be a signing worth pursuing for Celtic.