LEWIS Morgan’s man of the match performance against the Netherlands for the Scotland under-21 side back in September was the moment clubs began to see the St Mirren manager was the “real deal” according to manager Jack Ross.

The 21-year-old is expected to seal a £300,000 move to Celtic later today, with the youngster being loaned back to the Paisley side for the rest of the season.

The Buddies winger tormented the young Dutch defenders earlier in the year, with goals from Oliver Burke and former Saint Stevie Mallan securing a 2-0 victory for Scot Gemmill’s side in their European Championship qualifier. The Buddies boss believes that was the moment teams began to take a serious interest in the winger.

He said: “What has probably helped him was his performances on the international stage, when he played against England and Netherlands.

“For me the Netherlands game, the one that was played at our stadium, if you look at the physicality of the Netherlands side as athletes, they’re a good footballing side but they have a physicality about them.

"That’s tested as you go up the levels and that night he was really really good.

“That maybe was a night for some clubs that had an interest for him say that he’s the real deal.”

Whether he will be a success at Celtic Park under Brendan Rodgers remains to be seen.

Players from top leagues across the world have come Scottish Premiership and found it difficult to play in the league and adapt to the style of play in Scotland.

Admittedly it’ll be a tough step up for Morgan, but his manager says he has all the ingredients to be a success for the current Scottish champions.

He added: “He’s good enough to earn this time of move, and I genuinely believe he is good enough to be a success there.

“He’s a very talented young man. Only when you work with players every day you get to appreciate how good they are.

“He’s immensely two footed, which is to his credit because he has got a stronger side so he tells me, but I think it’s impossible to tell.

“He can take corners with both feet which is a rarity in Scottish Football and probably European football as not many people can do it.

"He’s fit, his physical strength, he probably moves quicker with the ball than he is without it.

“There’s little bits positional stuff that James and I work regularly with him on, I think he’s got better at it, but there’s aspects of it that he can still improve upon, and I think his ruthlessness has got better.

“I judge players on several attributes and there’s a lot of them that he ticks boxes in, there’s ones that he’ll have to get better in.

“In terms of his all-round ability he’s certainly one of the best I’ve worked with and enjoyed working with him.

“His attitude and how willing he is to learn and that makes it easier for a manager and a coach as well.”