Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic bounced back from a difficult couple of weeks at the club with comfortable progression into the next round of the Scottish League Cup on Saturday, winning 3-1 against Partick Thistle.
The pressure was definitely on the Hoops for the knock-out encounter, a third defeat in a row would have raised serious questions.
However, goals from Leigh Griffiths, Moussa Dembele and Tom Rogic ensured the side went through, despite the manager making a number of first-team changes.
One of those was giving Mikey Johnston a rare chance in the starting eleven. The 19-year-old had previously only started on two occasions.
He was a livewire throughout his time on the pitch, although as you’d expect his decision making isn’t quite there in the final third, choosing to take players on or shoot when passes were more viable.
He’ll learn that with time and fans were encouraged with what they saw from the young attacker, taking to Twitter to share their thoughts earlier today.
Has he done enough to convince Rodgers he deserves more first-team chances, or would a loan move be more viable for him this season?
Mikey Johnston is a player in the making, class on the ball ???? #Celtic
— GlenMabon (@Mabon_3) August 18, 2018
Bit of a lesson for Mikey Johnston today about adding lateral movement and passing to his game given what Forrest and Gamboa were able to do once he came off. Exciting runs sure and Griffiths got frustrated at him needlessly but he does need to get his head up and look to pass.
— Owen (@OwenJamesBrown) August 18, 2018
Watching Celtic game from earlier, Wee Mikey Johnston looked lively and should have had least two goals, rush of blood in good positions. Celtic still powder puff in defence also in the tackle. ????????????⚽️????????????
— Jazz! (@hoopsjaz08) August 18, 2018
That's where Mikey Johnston can learn a thing or two. It's not always about running with the ball, get the head up a play people in like Forrest just did
— Herrflick (@michaelmcp) August 18, 2018
Wee Mikey Johnston needs to learn to release rather than shoot every time. We could be a few goals up by now. Then he'd get his goal HH #Celtic
— Whirly's gaun Dervish (@MarkBarry67) August 18, 2018
I'd give Mikey Johnston game time before Hayes every time. Hayes should never have been brought to Celtic. Johnston is a prospect and has his whole career in front of him.
— Larsson's Chip (@roonye77) August 18, 2018
Mikey Johnston with a good performance there, look forward to seeing him more often ????
— Tommy (@ProdicalSon88) August 18, 2018
Mikey Johnston is a talent
— ???? (@SM1967_) August 18, 2018
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