Bayern Munich are planning for the future after completing the signing of Scottish teenager Liam Morrison from Celtic. bundesliga.com has the lowdown on the coveted youngster hoping to make a splash in Germany...
Club: Bayern Munich
Country: Scotland U17s (5 caps)
Morrison only turned 16 in April 2019, but had already been linked with Hoffenheim, among others, before joining Bayern. Celtic had, of course, been keen to keep hold of the tall, highly-rated stopper, who has won 18 caps for his country at U16 and U17 level. The teenager joined Celtic’s first team on a pre-season training camp in Switzerland this summer, and made his senior debut in a 6-1 win over Austrian lower league side Pinkafeld. Instead of signing a professional contract with the Scottish champions, however, he has now linked up with Bayern’s youth academy.
Plays a bit like: Mats Hummels
It's easy to see why Morrison is regarded by many as the best centre-half prospect to come out of Scotland. The 16-year-old is the very definition of a modern centre-back, combining sentry-like qualities with cultured build-up play. Indeed, watching him march out from the back with the ball at his feet, there's definitely a touch of Mats Hummels - formerly of Bayern, now of Dortmund - about his game...
Did you know?
Morrison could one day become only the eighth Scotsman to play in the Bundesliga, after Scott Booth (Borussia Dortmund, 1997–98), Oliver Burke (RB Leipzig, 2016–17), Paul Lambert (Dortmund, 1996–98), Murdo MacLeod (Dortmund, 1987–91), Mark McGhee, Hamburg, 1984–86), Alan McInally (Bayern, 1989–92), Vincent Mennie (Cologne, 1983–86) and Brian O'Neil (VfL Wolfsburg, 1998–2000).
What they’re saying
"Liam had a lot of offers from some well-known European clubs. We're delighted he decided to join Bayern. He's a robust and physical defender with a lot of quality." - Bayern academy manager, Jochen Sauer
"He's doing really well. He played well last Wednesday night… We're very pleased with his progress." – Celtic manager Neil Lennon after seeing Morrison in action for the first team in pre-season