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  • Davies: Lewis Morgan has the attributes to thrive in Paradise

    Davies: Lewis Morgan has the attributes to thrive in Paradise

    By: Mark Henderson on 10 Jan, 2018 09:48

  • CHRIS Davies is delighted that Celtic had secured one of the hottest prospects in Scottish football following the arrival of highly-rated winger Lewis Morgan on a four-and-a-half year deal from St Mirren.

    A number of clubs had been tracking the 21-year-old after his dazzling displays for the Championship leaders but it was the Hoops who won the race for his signature as he put pen to paper last Friday in Paradise.  

    The new Bhoy has returned to the Buddies for the rest of the season on loan and he will join up with his new team-mates in the summer, and Davies told this week's Celtic View that they have been impressed with the winger for some time.  

    “I was very pleased,” he said, in an exclusive interview.“I know as time progressed there was a lot of interest in him down in England as well.

    "He is someone I have seen play a few times live for Scotland U21s, and he was the standout player on both times, particularly in the game against Holland when he really stood out against a good full-back in terms of his speed, directness and one-v-one ability.

    "We are pleased to have him on board. Obviously he is back with St Mirren and we wish them all the best in the rest of their season, but it’s an exciting move for Lewis and hopefully it can work out well for him and the club.”

    And Davies said that Morgan - the Hoops' second signing of the January transfer window after the acquisition of Marvin Compper from RB Leipzig - fits the mould of the type of player Brendan Rodgers wants to bring to the club.

    “To play in Brendan’s teams you can’t just be a good player with the ball,” added Celtic's assistant manager. “It’s what you do without the ball and how you work for the team. You need to be selfless and be able to press, especially as an attacking player in how you press the ball at the top end of the pitch.

    “Tactically he has an understanding of how to do that and he’s certainly got the mentality to work hard for the team as well. He’s a hard-working player but he also has a lot of technical quality on the ball.

    "He’s a direct player who wants to go into the duel and run at players, and that’s something the fans like to see as well – an attack-minded player who has confidence in his abilities. He fits what we want from the wide players so we’re looking forward to him coming in the summer and getting going.”

    Read the full interview with Chris Davies and much more in this week’s Celtic View. On sale now.

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