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RACE FOR THE TOP: MORGAN’S TARGET

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LEWIS MORGAN hopes to be in the running for a place in Neil Lennon’s plans after a false start last season.

The winger has set his sights on the Champions League opening qualifier second leg against FK Sarajevo at Parkhead after his lively performances against the Bosnians in last week’s 3-1 wind the goalless draw with French Cup winners Rennes yesterday.

Morgan, 22, came on for Mikey Johnston in the 65th minute in the Euro tie and was given 70 minutes against the Ligue 1 side before being replaced by James Forrest.

The Scotland international, a £300,000 buy from St Mirren in January 2018, spent the second half of last season on loan at the Sunderland that just missed out on promotion to the Championship.

Now Morgan, who is being given the opportunity to impress Neil Lennon, wants to play his part in the Hoops continuing domination of Scottish football while attempting to make an impact on Europe.

The two-footed flanker, speaking to the club website, said: “I view a new manager coming in as clean slate for me.

“Last season maybe didn’t go as well as I’d have wanted. It’s now up to me to make sure I’m putting in the performances. I went out on loan to Sunderland, worked hard and learned a lot.

“I think Celtic is getting a better player back. I want to continue improving and making my mark here.”.

Morgan added: “The manager has been clear in what he wants from me. He wants me to be direct, to get fans off their seats. The wingers have been doing great here in recent years and there’s always competitions for places.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute of pre-season and I enjoyed that out there today. I was delighted with the opportunity and, hopefully, I did enough with my performance today.”

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