LEWIS MORGAN would be the perfect fit for Inter Miami – because his winning mentality could help forge the new club’s culture.

That’s the view of former St Mirren assistant manager Mark Spalding, who worked alongside the winger before his move to Parkhead in 2018.

David Beckham’s new venture is less than two years old and the MLS outfit are yet to play their first game. In fact, they are still trying to put together a squad capable of fighting it out at the top of the league. 

Spalding, 34, has been working as technical director at Global Premier Soccer in the US and understands the game more than most on the other side of the world. And he believes Miami signing a Celtic player who already knows how to win silverware would be massive for soccer’s new boys and their desire to become the biggest and best in the US.

“It’s exciting for Lewis,” Spalding said. “Albeit it might be a bit left-field in terms of what constitutes a normal move in Scotland these days. American clubs have been, in recent times, looking at players of a similar age and experience level to Lewis.

“I think Inter Miami are looking at younger players who can come in and make an impact. You look at others who have come over – Chris Cadden, Johnny Russell, Gary Mackay-Steven, even Sam Nicholson. There’s a precedent been set.

“Inter Miami have been in preparation for a while, looking at managers and players. They’ll have been looking to build a roster with a certain style of player and Lewis has obviously come across the desk and they’re interested. I think it’s very exciting.

“He’ll know the expectations and he’ll have a winning mentality. Miami are bringing someone in who is a winner. 

“Having David Beckham involved is incredible, that’s exciting enough. They’re trying to sell season tickets for a team who have never kicked a ball before. They need big players and signings to do that.”

Morgan, 23, has made 18 appearances for Celtic this season so far, including starts against Rangers in the Betfred Cup final and at Parkhead against Rennes in the Europa League where he scored.

Leaving a club like Celtic would be a massive decision, one that Morgan would not be expected to take lightly. But Spalding is sure his former star man would be a smash-hit in America – because he’d get fans on their feet.

“Leaving a club like Celtic where he played in a cup final and he’s played in Europe is interesting,” Spalding added. “You’d be surprised by the number of people aware of Celtic and Rangers.

“The American audience like players like Lewis. He’ll excite the fans the way he plays, the energy he brings, his pace. He can create and score goals, that’s what they’re looking for.

“Lewis has always been tough. Through his youth career he had some disappointments but he showed a lot of resilience. He was always one of those players who stepped up. He’s a Scotland internationalist. He’s handled that. They’re very big in America on personality.”

A reported £300,000 offer has been tabled by Miami and that, Spalding says, is a mark of the player that they have sounded him out. “He wasn’t a free-agent,” Spalding said. “He’s been identified, the club has gone and opened up a line of communication with Celtic. He’s clearly someone they’ve invested their time and effort into trying to sign him.”