MORGAN’S PARADISE TURNAROUND

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THE last time Lewis Morgan played at Parkhead he was in a team which was thrashed 4-1.

That was in the Scottish Cup in March last year when St Mirren took a shock lead before goals from Mikael Lustig, Moussa Dembele, Scott Sinclair and Leigh Griffiths turned the tie on its head.

However, the lively winger did enough to catch the attention of Brendan Rodgers who paid £300,000 to the Paisley side in January with the 21-year-old attacker returning to help the Saints to promotion.

Now Morgan, after making his competitive debut as a second-half substitute in the 3-0 triumph over Alahkert in Armenia during the week, is hoping for a more successful appearance when he makes his bow against Standard Liege in the east end of Glasgow tomorrow afternoon.

He said: “While it’s a friendly, it’s important we’re all trying to impress.

“European teams like Standard Liege are usually involved in the Champions League as well, so we know it’ll be a tough game. But we’ve got great players and it will maybe give some boys the opportunity to play.

“Obviously, it’s all a new experience for me and whether it’s a friendly or a Champions League game, and hopefully it’s all going to stand me in good stead.

“It’s another game I’m going to look forward to and another positive result that will take us into the Champions League qualifier next week.

“The confidence in the camp is quite high at the moment. It was a great result over there and sets us up quite nicely.

“However, we’re not going to get too ahead of ourselves. We know it’s important to see it through and then start focusing on anything else after that.”

* FOOTNOTE: While Morgan has moved into Celtic, four of the Hoops stars on show during the Scottish Cup-tie have headed out. Erik Svitachenko has returned to former club Midtjylland in a £1.3million deal, Stuart Armstrong has joined Southampton for £7million and Gary Mackay-Steven switched to Aberdeen for £250,000.  Patrick Roberts, who replaced Mackay-Steven, returned to Manchester City when his loan period ended in May.

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