Con­veyor belt of tal­ent just won’t stop

Paisley Daily Express - - Theti Cket -

En­joy it while it lasts - be­cause it won’t be here much longer.

Now, I could be talk­ing about Jack Ross or I could be talk­ing about Lewis Morgan. Re­gard­less, the point still stands.

St Mir­ren have been blessed with a derth of tal­ent in re­cent sea­sons, Ste­vie Mal­lan, John McGinn and Ja­son Nai­smith to name but a few.

But Morgan is up there with the very best.

And al­ready it feels as though Ross is clos­ing in on match­ing the con­sid­er­able achieve­ments of the more suc­cess­ful of re­cent Saints gaffers.

It is safe to say that in years to come St Mir­ren will look back on this pe­riod with gen­uine pride.

The con­veyor belt of tal­ent has never stopped, and in Morgan they have a player that is des­tined for the very top of the game - one that we can’t grudge a big move.

It is fair to as­sume that he won’t be here next sea­son, but it is tes­ta­ment to the board that no mat­ter where he ends up, Morgan will re­main a St Mir­ren player un­til the end of the cur­rent cam­paign af­ter the club ne­go­ti­ated deals with a raft of suit­ors that en­sures he will be loaned back un­til the end of his con­tract.

Celtic and Not­ting­ham For­est re­main the two favourites to seize his sig­na­ture.

A move to Celtic, to some, may be one that sees his game-time lim­ited be­hind a host of play­ers that have played on the grand­est of stages.

But for those that have seen him in ac­tion, Bren­dan Rodgers in­cluded, you would strug­gle to bet against the winger one day forc­ing him­self into the start­ing 11.

With re­gards to For­est, Morgan just needs to ex­change a quick text with pal Mal­lan to see how dif­fi­cult it is to break into a side down south.

Mal­lan’s woes at Barns­ley have been well- doc­u­mented – but they are two com­pletely dif­fer­ent types of play­ers.

What Morgan has is raw pace, an at­tribute which could see him flung into any side.

Mal­lan had the twists and turns... but Morgan has that as well.

The free-kicks? He is work­ing on that too. He may by no means be the fin­ished ar­ti­cle - but if he con­tin­ues to go the way he is go­ing, then it won’t be long be­fore he is.

In the not too dis­tant fu­ture, a Scot­land side could fea­ture McGinn, McLean, Morgan, Mal­lan... and a Ma­gen­nis.

All St Mir­ren grad­u­ates. What an achieve­ment that would be for ev­ery­one as­so­ci­ated with the club’s youth set-up in re­cent years.

Not least David Long­well.

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