TONY FITZPATRICK believes Lewis Morgan could transform St Mirren’s season if he were to return on loan.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers wants the winger to get game time elsewhere over the next few months, with Hibernian having expressed their interest in taking the 22 year-old to Easter Road.

Saints have also thrown their hat into the ring, and Fitzpatrick admitted it would be a “dream” if Morgan could be tempted to return to the club where he spent five years prior to moving to Celtic in the summer.

St Mirren’s chief executive said: “It would be a dream if Lewis was to come back to us. He knows what we think of him here, and what all the St Mirren fans think of him.

“He could be the one that makes a big difference to us. It would lift everyone in and around the club if it was possible to get him back.

“He’ll have so many options the boy so we’re not kidding ourselves that we’ll definitely get him. But we need him as he’s a special player and a special young man as well.

“It would be an unbelievable move for us if we could get him, and I think it would be great for Lewis, too. He knows the ground, the training ground, some of his old team-mates are still here and the manager, Oran Kearney, is like his old boss Jack Ross in many ways.

“We’d be crazy not to ask the question as we’re an ambitious club so we’ll make that enquiry and see what happens. And we have to hope that Lewis wants to come back to us for a few more months.”

Fitzpatrick admitted it has been “madness” trying to reshape the St Mirren squad this month, with around dozen players having moved on and around eight or nine expected to join. And the former manager admits the club needs greater stability going forward.

He added: “This January has been madness - but a good type of madness! It’s similar to two years ago when we had 10 going out and 10 coming in. So far this month it’s been about a dozen out and we could end up with quite a few coming in as well.

“But in future windows we don’t want that as it’s not stable. We need greater stability at the club. Down the line we want to make this window a lot calmer. Maybe just bringing in one or two new players as you’re working with a settled side.

“But there will be a few more coming in this month and we’re working hard on those. Oran has given us a list and we’re going through that and seeing what we can get done.”