Unproductive costs


Lewis Morgan has had a difficult shift this season.  The 23-year-old winger was used sparingly as a squad player before the concurrent absences of Odsonne Edouard, Leigh Griffiths and Bayo saw him drafted into the striker role against Rennes on 28th November.

Lewis scored a good goal that day but he is not a striker.  He made another four appearances in that position before Edouard’s return, which brought the experiment to an end.  He made 17 appearances in League One for Sunderland during the second half of last season.  In the Wembley play-off final, he was brought on as an early substitute, while Aiden McGeady remained on the bench, but his time in the North East was not particularly productive.

Now he is Going to Miami for talks with Inter (not that one), with the MLS side having agreed a fee with Celtic for his permanent transfer.

There are several things about our experience with Lewis Morgan I like.  Celtic scouts considered him the top talent in the Championship, a player with the potential to make the step up.  It is good that we sign players like this.

He was loaned back to St Mirren, then after six months at Lennoxtown, out to Sunderland.  He was given a chance in the qualifiers, then put through the striker turmoil, which gave Neil Lennon a chance to assess the player.

The player has a League Cup winner’s medal and a Wembley experience, things that he will be talking about for the rest of his life, and is likely to sign a contract to keep him in Florida for a few years.  He would have hoped to hold down a first team place at Celtic, but on balance, the move from St Mirren has worked out well for him.

We have difficulty keeping players who are outstandingly successful, but they usually leave a for fee that allows us to further strengthen.  What happens with players who do not make the grade is also important.  Getting them off the wage bill, for a fee and hopefully a profit, stops the budget from being clogged by unproductive costs, a problem we have discussed on these pages since the days of Martin.

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  1. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    BIG JIMMY on 13TH JANUARY 2020 12:58 PM





    What`s important is that the specific matter ie. the use of the term ” brutality ” , has been brought to the attention of the P.U.


    In future , they will be unable to claim that it was not .


    To me , that in itself is a victory .


    BIG JIMMY on 13TH JANUARY 2020 1:02 PM



    Don’t worry the stent clears everything.i knew a guy in YORK had it done during the night .the doctor talked him through it .told him exactly how he would be feeling every ten mins.,.JIGGIN thursday night for you.

  3. I thought Celtic should have brought in Ragnar Sigurðsson on a bosman. He’s been a rock for the Iceland national team and famously scored against England.



    Was available on a Bosman and has signed a 6-month deal at our opponents FC Copenhagen.

  4. Siempre Celtic (formerly Traditionalist88) on

    TIMALOY29 on 13TH JANUARY 2020 1:37 PM



    Bit of a journeyman, 33 and just had his contract terminated by Rostov, career on a downward spiral.



    We will have been aware of his availability and in all likelihood have decided that we have far better options to pursue.




  5. The Arzani who produced a few cameos in the World Cup would be more than good enough for the 1st team….

  6. Paul pranking us with the ‘ol ‘new article’ post



    Hopefully it’s just that we are tying up the second signing and that is the hold up




  7. Cutting loose Morgan and Sinclair, was a good start.



    But how the periphery of the squad is managed is really important. Unless we are content just to witness players go to waste. For me I think there is still scope to achieve the following :



    Lee O’Connor = Loan out


    Afolebi = Loan out


    Kouassi = Loan out


    Bayo = Loan out



    Griffiths = Sell



    Particularly Bayo and Kouassi… 2 guys we invested more than reasonable transfer kitty on. Lets get them both playing somewhere. Get them used to playing 1st team football. And re-assess their futures come the summer.

  8. RUGGYGMAN on 13TH JANUARY 2020 2:24 PM



    Don’t mean to sound harsh but nobody is going to buy Griffiths. Nobody will loan him either.




    We will have been aware of his availability and in all likelihood have decided that we have far better options to pursue.






    Think he would have been a good option on a short-term deal. We have no cover behind Jullien and Ajer.



    We will see who they get instead (they better)

  10. Siempre Celtic (formerly Traditionalist88) on

    TIMALOY29 on 13TH JANUARY 2020 2:27 PM



    I think his most attractive feature at this point in time was that he was a free transfer.



    Its always tempting when someone is available on a free to ‘pick them up’ but I always think if you wouldn’t be prepared to pay market value/want them when they were under contract then its probably best avoided.



    I know sometimes the free agent list can be used to our advantage and there are hosts of interesting names but in this case I doubt we’d have enough info on his current form etc. and generally many of these ‘names’ have had their day and are looking to stretch out their careers.



    But yes, lets see what other irons we have in the fire.