St Mirren manager Jack Ross has given his view on when he knew Celtic-bound Lewis Morgan was going to make it to the big time.
The 21-year-old attacker is widely reported to be on the verge of signing for Celtic in the next 24 hours and return to the Paisley side on loan for the rest of the season, with the Gazette reporting it will be for a fee of £300,000.
Ross believes it was Morgan’s performances for Scotland under-21s that put him in the spotlight.
“What has probably helped him was his performances on the international stage, when he played against England and Netherlands” he said, as quoted by the Gazette. “If you look at the physicality of the Netherlands side as athletes, they’re a good footballing side but they have a physicality about them.
“That’s tested as you go up the levels and that night he was really really good.
“That maybe was a night for some clubs that had an interest for him say that he’s the real deal.”
Morgan has been a stand-out for the Scottish Championship league leaders scoring 13 goals in 26 games so far this season.
The speculation surrounding his future hasn’t affected his form, in fact it’s made him play even better, as he has scored three goals in the last two games as the Saints have moved clear at the top of the Championship.
Morgan may have his work cut out getting into the Celtic team, as he will be battling against the likes of Scott Sinclair, James Forrest and Jonny Hayes for a place in the first-team.
That hasn’t stopped Brendan Rodgers making a move for the player though, and he will be joining the Hoops at the important time of the season, as their Champions League qualification process begins in July.
In other Celtic news, Craig Gordon has admitted that Celtic’s performances in Europe need to improve