Sunderland's chances of landing Celtic's Lewis Morgan look slimmer than ever

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers waves to the crowd at the final whistle as Celtic win 3-0 during the Scottish Cup Quarter Final match between Celtic and Greenock Morton at Celtic Park on...

New Sunderland manager Jack Ross reportedly wanted to sign Lewis Morgan on loan from Scottish Premiership giants Celtic.

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.

Sunderland might have been keeping a close eye on Lewis Morgan as he made his Celtic debut in the pre-season clash against SK Vorworts on Wednesday.

The Scottish Sun had reported at the start of June that new Sunderland manager Jack Ross was hoping to reunite with a player who shone for him at St Mirren in 2017/18.

The 21-year-old scored 18 goals and assisted 13 more as the Buddies won the Scottish Championship title, securing a £300,000 move to Celtic in January before returning to Paisley on loan for the remainder of the season.

Scotland's Lewis Morgan (L) and Mexico's Hugo Ayala vie for the ball during their international friendly football match at the Azteca stadium in Mexico City, on June 2, 2018. (Photo by...

Just imagine what sort of impact Morgan could make on a Sunderland squad suffering from a real dearth of creativity should he make the move to Wearside on loan this summer.

But the chances of Celtic letting the Scotland starlet leave on another temporary deal look slim, especially after he shone in the first game of the pre-season tour.

“I thought Lewis did well. He has come in and he has worked hard. He has come in to make an impact,” Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers told the Daily Record.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is seen during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Motherwell at Celtic Park on December 2, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

James Forrest scored the winning goal against the Austrian minnows but it was arguably Morgan who stood out the most, showing speed and creativity on the right side as he immediately got to grips with Rodgers’ game-plan.

If Sunderland wanted to sign Morgan, they were probably in need of a more ineffective display that would have Rodgers wondering if he was truly ready for Celtic.

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