Rodgers to hand Celtic academy duo first-team chance against St Johnstone - report
By Dominic Toner
Brendan Rodgers could hand Celtic’s teenager pair Michael Johnston and Anthony Ralston a first team chance at the weekend, according to a report.
The Bhoys host St Johnstone on Saturday in the Scottish Premiership and already have the league wrapped up, but are still competing to preserve their unbeaten record.
The Scottish Sun claim that Rodgers may be tempted to through the club’s academy pair into action after they helped the Under-20s win the Youth Cup 3-0 over Rangers last week.
The report details that the manager is considering resting star players so they are fresh for Champions League qualifiers and could even promote his youngsters to the starting line-up against St Johnstone.
Ralston will be hoping he gets the opportunity to impress for Celtic and does have two senior appearances already under his belt.
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The 18-year-old defender has become a consistent performer for the club’s youth sides and also spent a loan spell at Scottish League One side Queen’s Park this season.
The right-back is an attack minded full-back and could potentially give Mikael Lustig a rest from the starting XI.
Meanwhile, 18-year-old Johnston was man of the match in his youth side’s cup success over Rangers.
The attacking midfielder is yet to make a senior appearances for the Scottish giants, but is a highly rated player in their academy.
They have both represented Scotland’s national side at youth levels and are a reminded of the upcoming talent at Celtic.
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