Lewis Morgan should reject Celtic and follow Barrie McKay to Nottingham Forest

Mark Warburton, manager of Nottingham Forest looks on prior to the Carabao Cup First Round match between Nottingham Forest and Shrewsbury Town at the City Ground on August 8, 2017 in...

Nottingham Forest are said to be planning a £500k bid for Lewis Morgan - but Scottish champions Celtic continue to lead the chase.

Lewis Morgan of St Mirren in action during the BETFRED Cup Group Stage between St Mirren and Edinburgh City at St Mirren Park on July 30, 2016 in Paisley, Scotland.

The race for St Mirren starlet Lewis Morgan is hotting up with just a few weeks to go until the end of the year. According to the Scottish Sun, Celtic are currently leading the race for the Scotland Under-21 ace, who is out of contract in the summer and could be available on a cut-price deal in January.

But fellow suitors Nottingham Forest are not prepared to give up just yet. According to The Mirror’s live transfer blog (7th December, 9.47am) the Championship side will make a £500,000 bid for Morgan.

But what chance do Nottinham Forest have of beating the Scottish champions to the signature of this highly-rated winger, who has scored 10 goals in 21 games for St Mirren this season?

Demarai Gray of England and Lewis Morgan of Scotland battle for the ball during the UEFA European Under 21 Championship Group 4 Qualifier between England and Scotland at Riverside Stadium...

Celtic, after all, would give the 21-year-old the opportunity to fight for league titles, not to mention play at the top of the European game.

Following in McKay's footsteps

But perhaps Morgan should look at the progress made by the last Scottish winger who moved to the City Ground before racing to a decision. Rangers chairman Dave King made a good point when he admitted that the decision to sell Barrie McKay to Forest this summer was nothing more than ‘bad management’, as reported by the Scotsman.

Barrie McKay of Nottingham Forest in action during a pre-season friendly match between Notts County and Nottingham Forest at Meadow Lane on July 19, 2017 in Nottingham, England.

McKay has repaid that bargain £500,000 transfer fee with interest, thrilling Nottingham Forest fans with seven goal assists in the Championship – the joint most in the division.

While McKay clearly had plenty of promise at Rangers, the 22-year-old has taken his game to a new level south of the border, where exposure is greater and the quality of opposition arguably higher.

And it must also be mentioned that Morgan would be far from a guaranteed starter at Celtic. In fact, some supporters have criticised Brendan Rodgers for chasing the winger, arguing that he is simply not up to scratch.

So there’s more than a few signs that point to Forest being a better fit.

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