Sunderland hopes dashed as 22-year-old rules out a return to Stadium of Light

Sunderland’s hopes of bringing Celtic’s Lewis Morgan back to Wearside have suffered a blow with the 22-year-old telling the Daily Record he wants to fight for his place at Parkhead.

The tricky winger spent the second half of the campaign on loan at the Stadium of Light making twenty-two appearances for the Black Cats, finding the net on two occasions. His last game for Sunderland was an early substitute appearance in the League One play-off final defeat to Charlton at Wembley when he replaced the injured Max Power.

The Sunderland Echo claims Mackems boss Jack Ross was keen to bring the Scot back to Sunderland, but following Morgans comments to the Scottish Press, these hopes appear to be over.

The former St Mirren midfielder impressed in the early part of last season at Celtic but an injury hampered his progress and saw him head south in search of game time. He is now back and ready to fight for his place and push for further international recognition.

Morgan said: ‘The aim is to play, it always has to be the aim. Being part of things week in and week out is what you want to do.’

‘If you can get into that Celtic team then hopefully you can be part of things with Scotland as well.’

‘I still back myself. I was obviously disappointed with the game time and how it went, but I went out, got games and now I’m looking forward to going back.’

Our View

Morgan is a decent player and while a blow to their plans, many Sunderland fans will point out that Morgan often frustrated with his end product.

Some may feel they can do better as Jack Ross looks to re-shape a squad that will be expected to go up automatically next season.






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