The time has come for Celtic’s Number 73, Mikey Johnston

Much has been made of the young talents shining for Celtic in the recent treble winning seasons for the Hoops, and next season could see yet another academy graduate burst into the limelight.

Michael Johnston was named in the starting line-up by Brendan Rodgers for Scott Brown’s testimonial and displayed glimpses of the skill and composure which prompted Brendan Rodgers to tie the 19 year old down on a three – year deal only 12 months ago.

Johnston started at Dundee on Boxing Day – the day Jonny Hayes broke his leg – and impressed. (Pics are from that win at Dundee). However muscle injury sustained in January ruled the young winger out for much of last season, but a return to full fitness coinciding with the premature termination of Charly Musonda’s loan from Chelsea and the departure of Patrick Roberts to his parent club means there is an immediate need for someone to push James Forrest for his place, and young Mikey Johnston could have all the requIred attributes to fill the void.

The quest for a third season of total domestic domination, coupled with the extension of UEFA’s qualification process for the Champions League will see Celtic play even more games than last season, requiring a squad with strength in depth for Brendan to call upon, meaning the time could finally have come for the young number 73 to play his part.

Tommy Tallo

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email

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