LEWIS MORGAN, who is heading for Celtic in the summer, was hailed by Jack Ross after his double strike in St Mirren’s 5-0 rout of Dumbarton last night.

The winger, who joined the Hoops in a £300,000 January deal before returning on loan for his side’s promotion push, helped the Paisley outfit move 14 points clear at the top of the Championship.

Morgan opened the scoring before Cammy Smith, Danny Mullen and Gavin Reilly joined in.

The Parkhead-bound youngster claimed the fifth with a wonder long-range effort into the roof of the net.

The Saints now require just eight points from their remaining seven league matches to make sure of the flag and top-flight football for the first time since 2015.

Delighted gaffer Ross said: “I thought we could have been better with some aspects of our game in the first-half, but after the interval we were good.

“Overall, I can’t complain. Dumbarton have proved difficult for us in the past.

“Lewis Morgan is a matchwinner and Danny Mullen has had to be patient, but now supporters are starting to see the best of him.

“I want the players to realise how close they are to achieving what we’ve worked so hard for since the middle of June.

“You don’t produce that kind of performance if you don’t believe you’re on the cusp of achieving that kind of success.”

Sons chief Stevie Aitken said: “We’ve faced a team who, in my opinion, have won the league and the gap is obviously massive.

“I felt for my players because they were dead on their feet.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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