BBC pundit Michael Stewart has praised Celtic winger Mikey Johnston after a standout performance in the Hoops’ 3-1 win over Rennes in the Europa League last night.
The 20-year-old came off the bench for his first appearance since his return from a groin problem and duly scored an expertly taken goal just seven minutes after entering the pitch. Stewart believes the wide man has a massive future ahead of him:
“That’s the best goal of the night. Absolutely top drawer stuff from Mikey Johnston. He’s picked up right where he left off at the start of the season. That right there shows you how big a player he’s going to be for Celtic.”
“The quick link with the one-two and the finish. If he keeps himself fit now there’s no reason he shouldn’t be in the national squad.”
There’s no doubt Johnston would have played a more prominent role this season if he hadn’t been sidelined with a niggling injury.
The Scotland Under 21 international scored three goals and contributed four assists in his first ten appearances this campaign, and was becoming an important member of the first team setup despite his young age.
Johnston will now be hoping that his fitness problems are now behind him as he looks to re-establish himself as a regular starter over the coming weeks and months.