Celtic fans react to Mikey Johnston contract extension
Young winger Mikey Johnston has put pen to paper on a new deal with the club until 2023.
The deal comes in the midst of Johnston’s breakthrough into the first team.
The 19-year-old expressed his ‘delight’ on Twitter and is ‘excited for the future’.
Fans were majorly happy with the extension but most were saddened that it was not Dedryck Boyata putting pen to paper.
Next generation have fan support
Fans of every club always want the young players through as plentiful as possible.
Celtic fans aren’t different and the likes of Kieran Tierney James Forrest blossoming in recent years.
The Hoops’ faithful are no different to Johnston, as one fan explains:
That’s a massive vote of confidence from both parties. A very exciting talent & has the club in his heart…we once had a very successful young team of like minded young men. If this new generation roar even half as loudly, then we have some incredible adventures ahead of us. #HH
— Brian Wade (@BrianCelticWade) November 20, 2018
With the likes of Ryan Christie making his breakthrough season for the Bhoys, fans think Johnston can follow in his footsteps.
Look at the impact christie has had so keep training hard and you will have your day, gd singing. HH🍀
— john cavanagh (@johnpcav79) November 20, 2018
Christie was almost in exile at Celtic before working hard over the summer to make it into the team.
Johnston has already followed in a similar fashion by making sporadic first team appearances.
Rodgers development key to progression
The Celtic faithful have noticed the work Rodgers has done with certain players to make them first team standard.
The manager has had a hand in Forrest becoming an important player as well as continuing the progression of Callum McGregor.
Well done youngster listen to Brendan and keep developing
— Derek Martin (@Dm11111111) November 20, 2018
Rodgers must prove Johnston’s worth, as well as the player showing why he was offered a new deal.
Some fans have even gone on to say that Johnston has shown enough to prove he will be something special.
Wonderful player this boy, could be something special 👍
— David McGill (@DavidMcGill7) November 20, 2018
Johnston has played 14 times in a few season and is yet to score.
However, the Scotland under-21 international has shown attacking prowess and pace.
Although the contract is signed and sealed, Johnston still has a fight on his hands.
The youngster must be pushing soon to be a first team regular.
Boyata bashing at its peak on Twitter
Not all fans focused on the winger signing a new deal and were furious it wasn’t Boyata.
It’s not Boyata, but it’s a good signing 👍🍀
— Danny (@DanTheManMax) November 20, 2018
Some had hoped that the Belgian would be thanking fans for their support by signing a new deal but it isn’t to be so far.
It is also disrespectful to a player who is working hard for the club and getting his just rewards for doing so.
Fans have jumped to Mikey’s support against fans talking about Boyata.
Feel bad for the lad, excellent singing from Celtic and people wont shut up about boyata
— David McNamara (@David_McN02) November 20, 2018
This is the downside of modern day social media who get behind a phenomena and won’t stop. Nevertheless, Johnston won’t let that get to him.
There are a few players in front of him in the pecking order therefore hard work is required. Christie’s rejuvenation on the left only makes it harder for Johnston.
Celtic’s hefty calendar means Johnston will get his chance to show what he’s made of.
This is the real beginning of a hopeful long journey for Johnston to Celtic stardom.
Should he hit the heights some think he will, we could perhaps have a new Jinky in our midst.