Celtic teenager Mikey Johnston has revealed that he is confident that he has the ability to deal with being the latest in a long line of Hoops prospects tipped for the top.
The 19-year-old winger was expected to make the big breakthrough to the first-team last season, but a long-term thigh injury slowed his progress.
Despite the injury setback, Johnston doesn’t feel under any great pressure about following in the footsteps of the likes of Kieran Tierney and Callum McGregor.
“I didn’t really feel pressure on me. When you’re a Celtic player there’s always competition and it’s something you need to deal with coming through the ranks” he said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“It doesn’t faze me. Being a Celtic fan myself everyone wants youth players to come through and do well.
“No matter the club, I think everyone wants to see their own come through.”
Johnston has only made five first-team appearances for the Hoops so far, so he still has a long way to go to hold down a place in the first-team, but time does seem to be on his side.
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Johnston’s attitude is certainly the fearless kind that you need if you want to make it with the Hoops. He just wants to get on with his game and isn’t concerned about the hype, which will please Brendan Rodgers. Next season could be a make-or-break one for Johnston though, as he will want to be involved in the first-team more. The departure of Patrick Roberts to Manchester City could give him the chance to feature more in the first-team squad. Although he will still have to battle the likes of Scott Sinclair and James Forrest for a place in the team. A loan deal could perhaps suit Johnston if he finds opportunities difficult to come by, as that has worked in the past for the likes of Kristoffer Ajer and Callum McGregor. It is up to the player to try and impress Rodgers though, and judging from his comments he feels that he is more than capable of doing that.
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