Hot­shot can look to fu­ture ... but he’s still a Saint

Paisley Daily Express - - A Newlandscape - Craig Ritchie

St Mir­ren have handed Lewis Mor­gan per­mis­sion to speak to po­ten­tial suit­ors — but in­sist he will re­main at Saints un­til the end of the sea­son.

Mor­gan has this week been hot­lytipped to join Celtic, with English Cham­pi­onship sides Not­ting­ham For­est and Pre­ston North End also ru­moured to be fol­low­ing his progress in a bid to snap up the Scot­land un­der-21 in­ter­na­tional.

The trio of clubs are just the lat­est in a long line to court the young­ster, af­ter the Pais­ley side re­buffed the ad­vances of Bur­ton Al­bion in the sum­mer when Nigel Clough’s side tabled an of­fer in the re­gion of £200,000.

But, with Mor­gan out of con­tract at the end of this sea­son, Saints chief ex­ec­u­tive Tony Fitzpatrick has re­vealed to Ex­press Sport that any deal struck in Jan­uary will re­sult in Mor­gan stay­ing with the Bud­dies for the rest of the sea­son.

Fitzpatrick said: “As the man­ager and the chair­man have both said at var­i­ous stages this cam­paign, Lewis will be here un­til the end of the sea­son.

“It is well known that a num­ber of clubs have been in­ter­ested in Lewis and right­fully so as he has been in sub­lime form.

“We have been in con­stant di­a­logue with Lewis and his agent through­out this sea­son, and both par­ties have been very open.

“We have al­lowed Lewis to speak to a cou­ple of clubs on his days off, and any move will be in the best in­ter­ests of every­one in­volved.

“But, if he signs in Jan­uary, the deal will see him re­main a St Mir­ren player un­til the end of the sea­son.”

Mor­gan has been a rev­e­la­tion in the St Mir­ren side this sea­son as Jack Ross’ men con­tinue to chal­lenge at the top end of the Cham­pi­onship.

He has net­ted 10 goals in 21 ap­pear­ances in all com­pe­ti­tions this sea­son, with his lat­est com­ing in the re­cent mid­week win over Liv­ingston.

How­ever, the hot­shot has made no se­cret of the fact that he would like to test him­self at the high­est pos­si­ble level.

He would have been free to talk to clubs in Jan­uary with a view to a free trans­fer at the end of the sea­son, but it ap­pears that a deal will be agreed be­fore­hand, which will see Saints ben­e­fit be­fore his con­tract comes to an end.

Po­ten­tial suitor Lewis Mor­gan could join Celtic

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