Reported Nottingham Forest target Lewis Morgan ‘expected to stay at St Mirren until end of season’


St Mirren manager Jack Ross expects reported Nottingham Forest target Lewis Morgan to remain at the Scottish Championship side until the end of the season.

The Reds are one of a number of teams to be linked with the midfielder, with director of football Frank McParland said to have paid a visit to scout him against Greenock Morton last weekend.

Morgan is out of contract in the summer and would be able to talk to clubs in January with a view to a free transfer at the end of the campaign.

The 21-year-old has previously spoken of moving on eventually, saying: “I think if I can help St Mirren win the Championship and then gain a move, that would be in everybody’s best interests.”

And rather than cash in on him when the transfer window opens in the new year, St Mirren boss Ross believes the Scot will see out the season with the Saints.

“I would expect him to be here at the end of the season, yes,” he told the Daily Record.

“Lewis and I speak all the time. For me, I think the challenge for him as a young player is to maintain his focus on the pitch.

“I believe that he has done that so far. He has contributed regularly and consistently this season.

Lewis Morgan in action for St Mirren

“If and when there are decisions to be made then they will happen. But, before that, there is no point getting too up tight about it.

“Lewis understands how open I am with him, so he is never under any fear that anything is being hidden from him.

“Most importantly, we are both entirely comfortable with the situation at the moment, so that leaves him in a good position.”

Morgan has netted eight goals in 17 appearances so far this term and is said to have attracted interest from Celtic, Rangers, Swansea City, Cardiff City and Birmingham City.

Burton Albion had a £200,000 bid rejected in the summer, while Preston North End manager Alex Neil is also said to have watched him in action in recent weeks.

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