By Danny Wright
Celtic fans were delighted with the performance of Michael Johnston in the 4-1 win against St. Johnstone at Parkhead on Saturday.
The 18-year-old attacker was making his debut start for the Bhoys’ first-team and capped a brilliant display by supplying the assist to Patrick Roberts’ opening goal.
Johnston was a surprise inclusion in Brendan Rodgers’ team as he replaced Scotland player of the year nominee Scott Sinclair and almost opened the scoring early on as he didn’t waste any time to make a good first impression.
The pressure of stepping into Sinclair’s role didn’t seem to bother the Hoops’ home debutant and when he was substituted off, just before the hour mark, he recieved a standing ovation from the Celtic Park faithful.
Fans were delighted with the quality that Johnston showed in his home debut and took to Twitter to express their thoughts, with some aiming a dig at Glasgow rivals Rangers by saying he’s a better prospect than their young winger Barrie McKay.
Here is a selection of tweets from Celtic fans about the Scottish Under-19 international:
Confident first hour of football for Mikey Johnston who is subbed for Sinclair. Hope to see more of him as weeks/summer progresses.
— The Grand Auld Podcast (@FritzAGrandAuld) May 6, 2017
Mikey Johnston is very much like Paddy Roberts, could be already made replacement
— Graham A (@graham1A) May 6, 2017
Double drag back by Mikey Johnston! Bravo Son
— Electronic Tims (@ETimsNet) May 6, 2017
Wee man played well,one for the future for sure.
— Tom Merrick (@MerrickTom) May 6, 2017
mikey Johnston is better than Barry mckay .fact
— Steve (@stevec0471) May 6, 2017
If we send Johnston back to City they might not know the difference 👀
— Kev 🏴 (@KevinMcG01) May 6, 2017
Johnston looks like a home grown Paddy Roberts… 🍀
— Paul (@phford40) May 6, 2017
Celtic eased to a 4-1 victory courtesy of a Partick Roberts brace, Dedyrck Boyata and Callum McGregor, who came off the bench to score a brilliant goal.
Rodgers’ men can reach the 100 point mark next week when they face Aberdeen.