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Chris Sutton has been left impressed by Celtic winger Mikey Johnston recently and thinks this is a hugely important season for the player, writing in his Daily Record column.
Johnston has looked like one of the brightest performers for Celtic this summer, scoring in pre-season friendlies and getting on the scoresheet against FK Sarajevo on Tuesday night in UEFA Champions League qualifying.
The winger has had a difficult road towards being considered a starter for the Hoops, with Sutton noting he was unfairly played out of position by Brendan Rodgers against Rangers at Ibrox back in December.
However, the pundit reckons he can now have a big season.
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As quoted by The Daily Record, Sutton said:
“Mikey Johnston’s superb goal for Celtic in Sarajevo was a huge moment in the Champions League tie and for his manager. But it was also massive for the player.
“The sweet strike eased any creeping feeling of tension out in Bosnia and could be the making of Johnston.
“A lot is expected of the lad and this is going to be an extremely important season.
“Let’s be honest, he was shafted in the two Old Firm games at Ibrox last season. Johnston was unfairly chucked in up front in the first one and a lot put on his shoulders in the second one.
“Celtic lost both and he was harshly made a scapegoat but I’ve been impressed with his response since.”
Johnston is certainly one of the most notable academy talents coming through at Celtic right now, being involved in more matches than others such as Ewan Henderson and Anthony Ralston.
Still just 20 years of age, the winger looks to be on the verge of making that left wing position his own having been started in the Scottish Cup Final and a big European match mid-week.
If he can consistently find goals and assists like the one of each he provided against Sarajevo then it’ll be hard for established players like Scott Sinclair to convince Lennon that the youngster should be dropped.