By Noel Whelan

11th Jan, 2020 | 7:04pm

'Big step down' - Exclusive: Pundit reacts as talks underway over Celtic attacker exit

Noel Whelan has warned Celtic winger Lewis Morgan that he could be writing his career off with a move to Inter Miami.

The former Leeds and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that while it would be a great opportunity to play football somewhere new, it would all but end his chances of a future career in Britain.

As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, the 23-year-old is in talks with the newly-formed MLS side over a permanent move after the Hoops accepted a six-figure transfer fee.

Whelan says Morgan would be taking a significant step down in terms of quality if he were to sign for the American side and says chances of a meaningful career would be all but over.

Whelan told Football Insider: “I used to live in Glasgow, it’s a great, great city but look, it’s (a move to Miami) a big step down, don’t get me wrong.

“You’re going from the Premiership in Scotland, very big club to a newly built side in America. It doesn’t matter about where it is, Miami, Los Angeles, the calibre of player is not the same.

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“It would be a great opportunity for the young man but once you go across to America, you’re not coming back. You’re off the radar, you’re taking yourself out of a move to any of the British clubs pretty much.

“That’s where you’ll end up spending the rest of your time.” 

Morgan has played 18 times for the Bhoys this season but only five of those appearances have come in the Scottish top-flight.

He spent the second half of last season on loan at League One Sunderland, playing 22 times, and he has a total of 31 games under his belt for Celtic.

In other Celtic news, Alan Hutton has tipped the bitter rivals of his beloved Rangers to sign Premier League star after his £7million price drop.