18-year-old Celtic star at centre of slugfest over Scotland future - report
By Matt Bullin
Celtic midfielder Michael Johnston is at the centre of an international dispute as both Scotland and Republic of Ireland representatives attempt to get him on board, according to a report.
The Sun claims Irish football chiefs have made contact with Johnston, his family and his club, making their desire to have him clear, despite the fact he has already played for Scotland Under-19s,
The 18-year-old was handed a Celtic debut by Brendan Rodgers on Saturday and he played 57 minutes in their 4-1 thrashing of St. Johnstone.
Fellow youngster Anthony Ralston was also given a debut as Patrick Roberts scored a brace and Deydrck Boyata and Callum McGregor found the net to extend the Hoops’ domestic unbeaten run to 43 games.
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The Republic of Ireland will hope he follows the likes of Aidan McGeady and James McCarthy by committing his future to them, despite having been born in Scotland.
Johnston has been capped four times by Scotland Under-19s having played in their last three games versus Austria, Czech Republic and Hungary back in March.
The young tartan army lost all three of the matches, and only found the back of the net in the three games once – thanks to Johnston.
The Scottish FA is keen for Johnston to commit his future to them and hope that his time with the Under-19s influences his choice, though it is their policy to not pressurise youngsters into making big decisions over their future.
In other Celtic news, Rodgers is eyeing a £500,000 swoop for this 20-year-old ace.