ST MIRREN supremo Tony Fitzpatrick insists Celtic will land a £1million player for just £300,000 when they sign Lewis Morgan.
The Scotland Under-21 international midfielder has been strongly linked with a move to the champions next month.
It’s a cut-price deal that is likely to see the highly-rated youngster loaned back to the Saints until the end of the season.
Chief Executive Fitzpatrick said: “Lewis is a really exciting talent, and in normal circumstances, he is a £1million player.
“He’s got two great feet, he’s got pace, he’s exciting and he’s a great lad. When you talk about wanting to be a top player, then he’s a very impressive young man.
“In terms of ability, Lewis is as good as anything at Celtic, if I’m being honest.
“But what you really need, and what lets down a lot of players who go to Celtic, is that mental toughness. Lewis has that.
“He has a real desire in his mind he wants to be a top player and nothing is going to stop him.
“Lewis practices constantly, he lives his life properly off the park and he’s a very grounded boy.
“There’s something different about him, marrying that real desire with that mental strength.
“The kid has put up with a lot. You have to remember that he was discarded by Rangers (sic).
“He was told he was too small to be a football player.
“There will be kids out there getting let go just now and they’ll think their world is over.
“Instead of buckling, Lewis had that belief inside of him to say: ‘No, they are wrong’.
“When we played against Celtic in the Scottish Cup last season, I think Brendan Rodgers was wowed when he saw this kid running at people and his intensity in the game in shutting people down.
“If Celtic do sign him, they’ve got a top young player.”
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