Celtic fans delighted with debut of Jeremy Toljan vs St Johnstone

By David Walton

February 3, 2019

Jeremy Toljan’s debut wasn’t quite the 90 minutes we may have been looking for, but he put in a solid 45-minute shift instead.

The German signed for Celtic on deadline-day from Borussia Dortmund until the end of the season.

Jeremy Toljan arrived at McDiarmid Park and made a 45-minute debut (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

An injury scare to Mikael Lustig gave Toljan his chance to make an impression. Supporters have since lapped up the second-half performance of their new-man, as Celtic strolled to a 2-0 success.

We’ve taken a look at some of the best reaction to Toljan’s debut from social media. Here’s a quick look at other supporter’s views:

"Carl Starfelt to Celtic is a big possibility" | Swedish journalist Anel Avdić

https://twitter.com/Mark_L1607/status/1092076643680698369

https://twitter.com/Green20William/status/1092098133012766720

https://twitter.com/only3brannans/status/1092113336962109440

We’ve still so much to learn about new man

There’s no denying it was an impressive cameo, but we’ve plenty to learn about Toljan.

The plus points were how quick he looked going forward, as well as the chemistry he seemed to have with players even this early. He got beyond Scott Tanser on a couple of occasions, putting some good crosses into the area. One particular low ball was a lovely pass to Oli Burke, who was denied by Zander Clark.

But, in fairness, we’ve still to see the defensive side of Toljan’s game. He seems to have the pace to get up and down the left easily enough, but regarding one-v-one defending, there’s still plenty to learn about him.

Mikael Lustig’s place in the first-team is now under serious threat (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

It also remains to be seen if he’s even the number one right-back yet. He only came on because Lustig was struggling with an achilles injury. Had the Swede been fit to come out for the second half, it’s probably safe to assume he would’ve done.

But Toljan has done himself no harm for a potential place against Hibernian on Wednesday night. You have to expect he would be worked a lot more defensively too at Celtic Park in mid-week.

Regardless, one thing’s for sure – Toljan has certainly made an early impression.