By Danny Wright
Derek Johnstone has suggested that Rangers should make a move to sign St. Mirren attacker Lewis Morgan after an inspired performance for the Scotland Under-21s as they beat the Netherlands earlier this week.
West Brom’s Oliver Burke and Barnsley’s Stevie Mallan got the goals for Scot Gemmill’s side as they opened their European Championship qualifying campaign with a bang, but it was the St. Mirren star who caught the attention of former Rangers man Johnstone.
Morgan, 20, is in the final year of his contract with the Scottish Championship side and Johnstone, 63, thinks that he could be the solution to some of the Light Blues’ current problems.
“The man that I have been talking about for a while was again outstanding and that is Lewis Morgan of St Mirren,” said Johnstone on the Evening Times website.
“He is in the last year of his contract there and they will be desperate for him to sign another deal so that he doesn’t walk away next summer for not an awful lot of money.
“He is one that is going places. I thought he was terrific again, and he has been for a while for St Mirren.
“He has pace, he is a goal threat and he loves running at full-backs. He could be a very, very good wide player and there will certainly be interest in him. Could he be the one for Rangers?”
Morgan already has a wealth of experience to his name for someone of his age and has started this season well by scoring three goals and supplying two assists in eight appearances across all competitions.
The young attacking midfielder has even found the net against Rangers in the past, having scored a last gasp equalisier in a 2-2 draw in May 2016 in the Championship.
He is capable of playing on the left wing or in the No 10 role behind an attacker and it is clear that Johnstone thinks that he could suit the system of Ibrox in the future.
In other Rangers news, Caixinha has set a very ambitious target for his home-grown stars.