Celtic have confirmed the signing of Ally Johnston. The Canadian was impressive in the World Cup and has been rewarded with a move to the Scottish Champions. The 24-year-old will bolster the defensive ranks as Ange Postecoglou looks to guide his team towards more success this season.
Johnston arrives from CF Montreal on a five-year deal. Having left Nashville for CF Montreal in December last year, Johnston went on to make 39 appearances and scoring four goals. He has also been capped 33 times by Canada, scoring one goal.The right-sided defender started as the Canadians faced Croatia in Matchday Two in Qatar with Celt Josip Juranovic lining up on the other side. It remains to be seen whether he is a direct replacement for the Croatian full-back.
We are delighted to announce the signing of Canadian International defender Alistair Johnston on a 5-year deal, subject to international clearance.
Welcome to #CelticFC, Alistair! 🍀🇨🇦
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) December 3, 2022
Speaking to the Celtic website, Ange said that they had identified Johnston as a transfer target from an early point.
“I’m delighted. He’s someone we identified pretty early on as somebody we think can add to our club
“He’s had an interesting career path where he’s had to work very hard to get to where he is, and we’re very happy to conclude the deal and knowing he was going to the World Cup, I think he performed well there as well.
“He’s really keen to come across and take the next step in his career, and I think he’ll be a great fit in our dressing-room, and he’ll definitely add something to our football as well.
“He’s predominantly played on the right side of defence, at centre-back or right-back. He’s very good technically, very good going forward and also a really strong competitor and he doesn’t mind the physical aspects of the game, and as I said, I think he’ll add something to our club.”
Johnston has become the next January arrival for Ange Postecoglou, following Yuki Kobayashi. Celtic are clearly continuing to work hard to make sure that they are improving and, with that, lining up replacements for potential departures – such as Juranovic to England or Spain.