As reported by The Daily Record, Celtic youth prospect Michael Johnston is relishing the prospect of making an impact on Brendan Rodgers’ first team next season.
The 19-year-old has made just five appearances for the Hoops but has excited supporters with his dynamic, creative attacking play. Most recently, he impressed in a non-competitive match against a Republic of Ireland select in Scott Brown’s testimonial.
Now he’s eyeing making a bigger impression at the club after the summer break.
As quoted by The Daily Record, Johnston said:
I don’t really feel pressure but I realise that when you’re a Celtic player there’s always competition for places. It doesn’t faze me. Being a Celtic fan, I know everyone wants youth players to come through and do well.
So it has been great to play and I’m confident I’ll get a chance under the manager.
I’m confident in my own ability and everyone else at the club is too. So hopefully I can kick on next year.
It’s tough to get into the team but if you’re not up for that challenge, there’s no point being there.
Can the youngster capitalise on the exits of Patrick Roberts and Charly Musonda to nail down a regular game in the first team next term?
Next season really does seem like the perfect time for Michael Johnston to be given his chance with regular starts in the Celtic first team.
Not only have Roberts and Musonda left the club, but Scott Sinclair struggled badly for form in the second half of the 2017/18 season and Jonny Hayes is still recovering from long-term injury.
Johnston certainly appears to be backing himself to make the impact required and that confidence is a good sign for supporters who are eager to see him get more opportunities.
2018/19 could finally be the season that everyone finds out whether he has what it takes to make it at Celtic Park or not.