Lewis Morgan on Celtic, life at the New York Red Bulls, Rangers’ run to Seville and the MLS transfer market

Lewis Morgan admits the lack of action at Celtic was ultimately his decision to seek out a new adventure.

Brendan Rodgers signed the striker from St Mirren in 2018, but he was often used in various positions during his time at Parkhead and suffered from injury problems.

Fast forward four years and the scotland internationalHe loves his new life in the US and is off to an amazing start to the new campaign.

Seven goals in just 15 appearances have his club sitting just three points behind rivals New York City at the top of the Eastern Conference.

He scored a great goal in the recent resounding win over DC United and has adjusted well to his new surroundings since moving from Inter Miami.

Despite his time in Celtic maybe it’s not working out as planned, the 25-year-old is sure he’ll look back on it all at a later date with fond memories.

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Morgan has excellent self-confidence and reckons he could have been successful in his time at East Glasgow with a sustained run in the starting eleven.

speaking exclusively to Glasgow Live Sportssaid: “It was a big step in my career to come from St Mirren.

“I think at the time I had a few different options on the table, but with Brendan Rodgers as manager, it’s obviously a huge club. I’m ambitious as a football player and I wanted to test myself at the highest level.”

“It’s well documented that I had a couple of injury issues when I was there and sometimes you just need everything to fall into place and sometimes that doesn’t happen.

“It is something that I am sure I will remember with good memories when I stop playing.

“But from a sporting point of view, I wanted to play more and that’s what led me to try to move on and get regular football elsewhere.”

Wonder if by Ange Postecoglou The style of play would have suited him better, he continued: “It’s hard to say. Coaches come and go and the coach came this year and did brilliantly at the national level.

Lewis Morgan, in action for Celtic, loves life in MLS with the New York Red Bulls.
Lewis Morgan, in action for Celtic, loves life in MLS with the New York Red Bulls.

“The team is playing a really good and attractive style of football.

“I’m also confident in myself and I think I could have been successful when I was at Celtic anyway.

“A lot of my time was maybe taking up different positions. You have to do that at a club like that with the competition for places and the quality of the squad that we had.”

“I’m sure all Celtic forwards now love to play under [Ange] Postecoglou with his style of play.

“I’m sure if he had been there and had a sustained career, he could have been successful.

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“But as I say, they have obviously come back now after a bit of a slump last year and performed brilliantly and won the league.”

“Hopefully both teams can carry that forward next year and with Hearts, Dundee United and Motherwell in Europe too. I wish them all the best.”

Celtic will be back in the Champions League suitable next season after their success in the Scottish Premiership title.

Forest ranger will attempt to join them in the lucrative competition, but will face two qualifying rounds to earn a shot at Europe’s elite club tournament.

They went all the way to the european league final this season before losing in harrowing circumstances to Bundesliga cracks Frankfurt.

Scottish football has been battered for many years on the European stage, but Impressive Rangers trip to Seville silenced many critics with Morgan praising the ‘brilliant run’.

He said: “I think for so many years people were saying that Scottish clubs couldn’t do that and Rangers have shown that is not the case.

“Especially at their home games. The fans were amazing.

“Hopefully Celtic can recreate that and create more success for Scottish football.

“It’s probably been a while since we had both teams performing at a high level at the same time in Europe.

“Obviously Celtic during a period when Rangers weren’t in Europe carried the flag and then Rangers even more so in recent years have really done brilliantly on the European stage.”

“Hopefully we can have both of them competing at a high level and try to go back to the days when they both played in the Champions League.

“Rangers this year in Europe were brilliant for Scottish football.

“Unfortunately losing the way they did was quite difficult, but I think Scottish football is getting better every year and it’s good to see that.”

“Next year will be exciting too and hopefully we can have both clubs in the Champions League.”

Brendan Rodgers brought Lewis Morgan to Celtic from St Mirren during his time in charge at Parkhead
Brendan Rodgers brought Lewis Morgan to Celtic from St Mirren during his time in charge at Parkhead

Morgan previously told Glasgow Live Sports of your desire win a souvenir from Scotland.

His form for his club has been excellent and he hopes that will impress. Steve Clarke.

He’s delighted to be in a New York Red Bulls side that’s challenging at the top end of the table, but says they’re only taking him one game at a time.

He said: “The team is doing well which always helps and I adapted quite quickly.

“It’s been nice and it’s nice to play for a team that competes to try to win things and that’s what we’re trying to do here.”

“We need to take each game as it comes. It’s a cliché to say, but we don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves, but on our day we’re as good as any team in this league and we beat anybody.”

“Without getting too far ahead of ourselves, we know the potential the group has and if we perform as well as we can, we can beat every team we come up against.

“We are setting the bar very high, but without pushing ourselves too hard or looking too far into the future.”

Morgan is playing against top talent week in and week out and recognizes that the US market is one that has plenty of rising stars.

Celtic have enjoyed much success under Postecoglou in the Asian market and the Scottish capitalization believe Old Firm should be exploring the potential avenue.

He added: “Yes, absolutely, I think you’ve seen it with some big European clubs.

“They’ve taken some younger American players from this league. There have been quite a few high-profile moves.

“I think it’s a league that has grown every year. It can be difficult for some clubs in Scotland to attract players from MLS.”

“But when you talk about Celtic or Rangers, then it’s an avenue they should consider.

“I can’t remember too many with Celtic, but Rangers have obviously had some American players in the past.

“It’s definitely a market they could look into. Celtic had great success in the Asian market and all the players that came from there have done brilliantly.”

“It’s just about getting into different markets and there are definitely good players here.”

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