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EX-SAINTS HERO BACKS MORGAN

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FORMER St Mirren and Scotland striker Steven Thompson is backing Lewis Morgan to be a surefire hit at Celtic.

The £300,000 move is likely to be rubber-stamped today with the 21-year-old winger returning to the Buddies for the remainder of the season to help with their promotion push back to the Premiership.

Morgan has been a key player in the campaign and has claimed 13 goals to put Jack Ross’s side in a challenging position – consistent form that caught the eye of Hoops gaffer Brendan Rodgers.

Thommo has watched the progress of the youngster and said: “I have no doubts that Lewis Morgan will be able to handle the step up to Celtic.

“He is obviously an exciting talent on the field, but he impressed me just as much away from the pitch when I played with him at St Mirren.

“He’s extraordinarily level-headed for one so young and he doesn’t seem to let anything faze him.

“It will help that there are a lot of Scottish boys there to help him settle in. I get the impression that Scott Brown is absolutely phenomenal as a captain when it comes to welcoming new players to the club.

“Lewis has both the talent and the athleticism to do well. He was very slight when he first came through at St Mirren, but he dedicated himself to becoming a better athlete.”

Thommo added: “I’ve watched him a few times this season and the thing that has impressed me most has been his consistency, particularly for a wide player.

“In previous seasons, he would maybe flit in and out, do something incredibly good and then you might not see him for a week or two.

“This season he has brought that consistency of performance level on a weekly basis and that’s why he’s got his move to Celtic.”

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