St Mirren manager Jack Ross has told BBC Sport that he is 'extremely confident' that Lewis Morgan will stay with the club until the end of his contract next summer.
The Buddies sit top of the Scottish Championship table with 29 points from 14 games, and they claimed a 3-1 home win over Livingston on Tuesday night.
Star man Lewis Morgan again found himself on the scoresheet, with the playmaker continuing his superb season in what could be his final campaign for the club.
Morgan, 21, is out of contract at the end of the season, and is thoroughly expected to move on in 2018 – though whether that will be in January or at the end of the season remains to be seen.
With 10 goals in 20 outings this season, after scoring 10 times in the whole of last season, Morgan is a rising star in Scottish football, and he is unsurprisingly attracting major interest.
The Daily Mail report that Celtic and Rangers are both interested in signing Morgan in 2018, with the Gers hoping to bring him back to Ibrox, just over three years since letting the Rangers youth product leave the club.
St Mirren unsurprisingly want to keep Morgan until the end of the season as they pursue promotion, but they are almost certainly bracing themselves for bids when the January transfer window opens.
Now, St Mirren boss Jack Ross has told BBC Sport that he is 'extremely confident' that Morgan won't be sold in January, believing that the club's board understand how damaging it would be if he was allowed to go.
“I'd be extremely confident of that,” said Ross. “I'm fortunate that the new board here are ambitious. I think they appreciate how important he was and is to us,” he added.