Some Celtic fans are delighted about the fact that young Mikey Johnston scored a goal for the club in their win over Rennes in the Europa League last night.
Neil Lennon’s men made history in Glasgow last night as the win over the French visitors helped them finish top of their Europa League group for the first time in the club’s history.
23-year-old Lewis Morgan got a start and scored a goal, with playmaker Ryan Christie making it 2-0. It was Johnston who got the third in the second half. Adrien Hunou got a late consolation for Rennes in the 89th minute (BBC).
But many Celtic fans are hailing Johnston for his goal on his return from injury.
Is Johnston the best prospect at Celtic today?
There are better youngsters in there
One fan stated that the youngster must be worth £90 million after witnessing his performance, which may be a little over the top, but it’s clear to see he was impressed with the promising attacker.
Must be worth 90 million.easy
— Paul (@Paul34358624) November 28, 2019
Fair play to the Rennes fans, they came in big numbers despite the game being a dead rubber for them and sang the whole game – even started the huddle.
Comfortable performance by Celtic and what a comeback goal for Mikey Johnston.
— The Pundit (@ThePundit_) November 28, 2019
Celtic on a tremendous roll. Rennes swatted. Great to see Mikey Johnston back out there. Such a talented kid.
— Tom English (@TEnglishSport) November 28, 2019
Can’t remember Celtic having such a comfortable night in Europe, even without the best striker in the country. Chuffed for Mikey Johnston coming back from injury too. Won the group in five games – quality campaign
— Denvs ? (@dnvrvs) November 28, 2019
He’s a special player for sure.
— Jim Poxton (@1691Seamus) November 29, 2019
Johnston one of the most naturally talented Celtic youths since Johnstone.
— Shaun (@TheTweetofShaun) November 28, 2019
Mikey Johnston back is great news for Celtic. Very good young player. Serious competition in those spots behind the striker.
— Tam McManus (@The_Tman10) November 28, 2019
Still 20, Johnston had not featured for the Hoops since their league game against Rangers in the Old Firm two months ago. He had managed to pick up an assist in that game, helping the club to a 2-0 win.
In all competitions this season, he has played 11 games and has racked up four goals during his time and has also bagged a tally of just as many assists too. The game against Rennes last night was his first since he recovered from the groin injury.
The winger had been a regular for the club last season. He appeared a total 23 times in all competitions, scoring five times and assisting once as well. But he had broken into the club’s first-team in the 2017-18 campaign when he had played four times in all competitions.
What do we think?
At 20, Johnston presents the future of Celtic. Since this is his third season with the first-team, it shows how much not just Neil Lennon trusts him but how Brendan Rodgers also trusted him. It can’t a coincidence that that two managers trust him for the first-team at a young age.
It is likely he plays regularly, now that he is back. While Mohamed Elyounoussi is the first-choice at the left-wing, Johnston can play as his second-fiddle considering how Scott Sinclair is now out of favour.