Date: 6th September 2019 at 5:00pm
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EXCLUSIVE

Jackie McNamara has been left raving over the performance of Celtic winger Mikey Johnston against Rangers after having struggled at Ibrox in the past.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Bhoys and Scotland defender says that the 20-year-old was played in his natural position by Neil Lennon against the Gers, having previously featured as a central attacking midfielder and a right-sided defender in recent visits.

Odsonne Edouard and Jonny Hayes scored the goals which secured victory for the Hoops on Sunday, with Jordan Jones being sent off for a rash challenge in injury time.

However, it was the performance of Johnston which caught the eye of McNamara, saying that the starlet being played in his natural position helped him show off the best of his abilities.

McNamara told Football Insider: “I thought he was excellent, he did well. In other games he’s played at Ibrox he’s kind of played different positions – one he was through the middle and one he was right wing-back.

“I thought the young lad did very well to handle the occasion and the work rate. His feet were quick and he seems to be maturing really well. He’s quite versatile but he’s best on either wing.

“He’s direct and likes taking people on, like Forrest on the other wing.” 

Johnston has played 10 times for Celtic this season, scoring three goals across all competitions for the Hoops, operating primarily on the left wing despite his versatility in attack.

The youngster has played 36 games for Celtic to date since breaking through the club’s youth system, although he started just seven Premiership matches last season.

In other Celtic news, McNamara has suggested to Football Insider that one of the Hoops’ defenders is frustrated after the club gave the green light for him to leave this summer.