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