'Will have benefited' - Hartson tips Celtic man to take boost from call-up into next season
John Hartson thinks that Lewis Morgan’s call-up for Scotland will gave the player plenty of confidence going into next season.
The Celtic summer arrival from St Mirren made his debut as a sub against Peru then started against Mexico, and gave a good account of himself in both matches.
Hartson believes this will only benefit the 21-year-old as he attempts to break into the Hoops first-team next season.
“There is a clutch of players unavailable for various reasons but for the guys who have gone in, it will have done them no harm at all” he said, writing in his column in the Evening Times.
“Lewis Morgan gave a pretty good account of himself and his confidence will have benefited from that before he heads back to Celtic to start his pre-season.”
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It is far too early to gauge if John Hartson will be correct in his assertion, but Lewis Morgan certainly must be feeling happy about life at the moment. He might not have been selected for Scotland if other players hadn’t missed the trip, but he seems to have taken the opportunity with both hands. His big test now, of course, is trying to get into a Celtic team that is going for a third successive domestic treble. However, he did show enough in his performances for the national side that he could have a chance of getting into the Hoops side. His running with the ball was very impressive, and was reminiscent of Patrick Roberts, who recently left the Bhoys to return to Manchester City. Morgan has a big chance to make an impression at the Hoops in the next month as pre-season training gets underway, and Brendan Rodgers will no doubt be impressed with what he saw in South America.
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