Lewis Morgan was such a “powderpuff” presence for Celtic up front it was like “playing with 10 men” in the cup final win against Rangers.

That is according to ex-Aberdeen striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the forward named in the starting XI ahead of Odsonne Edouard in Sunday’s 1-0 Scottish League Cup triumph.

Morgan, 23, struggled to make any kind of impact before he was replaced after 59 minutes by Edouard, who had surprisingly begun the match on the bench.

Christopher Jullien slammed in the winner with Celtic’s only shot on target a minute later, three minutes before Jeremie Frimpong was sent off for the eventual winners.

“It didn’t work at all with Morgan up front,” Whelan told Football Insider. “He looked powderpuff and it was like playing with 10 men.

“Celtic were better with Edouard up front and with 10, than Morgan leading the attack and 11. 

“The ball wasn’t sticking to Morgan and the Rangers defenders were all over him. He was all at sea.

“It’s a big risk to play a striker who’s not 100 per cent fit, and that’s why Edouard didn’t start. But Celtic need him fit to win the title.”

Morgan has been a surprise selection to start the last four Celtic matches in the centre-forward role in the absence of Edouard.

The Scotland international has spent his entire career in wide attacking roles and has scored only twice in 17 appearances across all competitions for the Hoops this season.

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