Sunderland have completed their fourth signing of the January transfer window, securing the signature of Celtic and Scotland winger Lewis Morgan on a loan deal that runs until the end of the season.
Morgan, 22, has only played a total of 188 minutes of league football this season at Celtic Park, as the likes of James Forrest are preferred to the Scottish international.
And despite interest from Aberdeen, the winger has opted to rejoin his former manager Jack Ross on Wearside as opposed to going further north to Pittodrie. The youngster can play anywhere across the midfield, but has mainly operated on the left flank for Celtic.
Morgan was instrumental for St. Mirren last season as The Buddies gained promotion from the Scottish Championship under the guidance of our current manager, Jack Ross, hitting eighteen goals and picking up the Scottish Championship player of the year award.
His sensational form prompted Celtic to swoop in and sign the youngster in a cut-price deal with his contract nearing an end, however they did loan him back to the Paisley club to help aid his progression and St. Mirren’s promotion push.
On Monday Hoops manager Brendan Rodgers commented:
There’s an interest from Sunderland and from Jack and there’s one or two other clubs interested.
However, it appears the pull of a manager that he blossomed under last season has secured the move to the Stadium of Light - partnership we’re all hoping will flourish once again, this time on Wearside.
The Scottish winger goes straight into the squad from Saturday’s home game against AFC Wimbledon, alongside fellow new boy Grant Leadbitter.