BEAMING St Mirren boss Jack Ross hailed Lewis Morgan after the Celtic-bound winger starred in the club’s surge to the Premiership.
The winger set up one and scored the winner in the Paisley side’s 2-1 triumph over Morton in their title party yesterday.
But Ross admitted: “I don’t know how I’ll replace him.”
The Saints gaffer made sure Morgan, who signed for the Hoops in a £300,000 deal in January before being loaned back to help the promotion push, received a standing ovation before the celebrations kicked off.
Ross added: “I wanted to allow Lewis to come off near the end to get the adulation of the crowd.
“His personal contribution made it even more appropriate and reminded me how difficult it’s going to be to replace him.
“That ovation he received was well deserved for what he has done for the club in my time.
“Morton were the only team we hadn’t beaten this season and, as champions ,we wanted to have a record that ensured we had achieved a victory against each team. That was motivation.
“We played well considering the occasion and considering the players had already achieved what we set out to achieve.
“I was determined to make sure all the players and staff soaked it all up and I think they did that. They took it all in. They deserve it because of the work they have put in.”
Morton Head Coach Jim Duffy congratulated his opponents and said: “They have been outstandingly consistent and that’s the big difference.
“Other teams have good players, but to be as consistent as they have been takes a lot of doing.
“I was bitterly disappointed to lose. St Mirren played well in the first 15 minutes and scored and we looked caught up in the game.
“We settled down and scored a terrific goal – and might have scored a few more as we dominated at that point.
“But then we made a mistake for the second goal and after that you’re chasing the game, but I don’t think we deserved to lose.
“We’ll gather our thoughts after our last game next week and have a re-think in the summer.”
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