“Brush teeth, drink some water and see how long it takes to get to Lennoxtown,” AJ

Alistair Johnston has settled into life at Celtic exceptionally well since his January transfer window move from CF Montreal in the MLS and has been as consistent at the back as he has been solid. Replacing Josip Juranovic was no mean feat, after all, we are taking about a man who was a World Cup semi-finalist just a few weeks before Johnston’s arrival to Scottish football.

Nevertheless, the Canadian international has taken eveything in his stride and looks to be enjoying his football and life more generally at the moment. Always dressed with a smile, Ally is one of they people that brings a good feeling to your day whenever you happen to see or hear him speak. He has built an almost instantaneous rapport with the Hoops supporters and they have loved his no-nonsense style of play since that belting debut at Ibrox.

It appears though that behind that highly competitive and aggressive nature lies a mind that is fully attuned to science and maths. This was revealed during a Q&A with the Celtic right-back just this week, where he revealed he’s a bit of a science geek and loved studying physics and maths way back when he was in school in Canada. More often that not, footballers tend to be labelled as not being very bright and many have been openly mocked for this in popular culture shows and satire.

Alistair Johnston right and Livingston goalkeeper Shamal George shake hands after the final whistle in the cinch Premiership match at Celtic Park, on Wednesday February 1, Photo Andrew Milligan

However, Ally Johnston appears to be fighting those very base-level stereotypes in his very intimate and revealing sit down with Celtic TV. When asked about his favourite subject at school, the 24-year-old said: “To be honest, I’d like to say I was a good student but it probably would’ve been physics (that was my favourite). I liked the math and how it blended into the science so yeah it would’ve been physics for me. I really like Wes Anderson, I like Guy Ritchie films but my favourite is Interstellar. A lot of thinking going on there but at the same time just an unbelievable plot.”

Alastair Johnston of Celtic celebrates after Kyogo Furuhashi scores their tea’s second goal during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between theRangers and Celtic on January 02, 2023. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

When asked what would be his ideal day off from work, he replied: “Probably sleeping in past 8.30am, or 9am, that’s certainly a struggle. Then, watch some football and get out, hopefully it’s a beautiful day and hopefully it’s not phishing rain, as it generally is here. Maybe go play some tennis. I enjoy the outdoors, I love being outside, going for walks, just being around people. Then yeah of course if there’s some football matches on that’s a perfect off day for me.”

Watch Ally talk about his love for physics and maths amongst other things below…

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I'm a Garngad Bhoy through and through. My first ever Celtic game was a friendly against Italian side Parma at Celtic Park, in 2002. Currently a student of English Literature and Education at the University of Strathclyde for my sins. Favourite game would be a toss up between beating Manchester United with that Naka freekick, or the game against the Oldco when Hesselink scored in the dying seconds. I'm still convinced Cal Mac is wasted playing that far back.

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