Celtic fans react to Mikey Johnston contract extension

By Connor Gordon

November 22, 2018

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.

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Fans of every club always want the young players through as plentiful as possible.

Kieran Tierney is a young player who is a firm fan favourite. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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:

With the likes of Ryan Christie making his breakthrough season for the Bhoys, fans think Johnston can follow in his footsteps.

Christie was almost in exile at Celtic before working hard over the summer to make it into the team.

Ryan Christie is keeping competitors such as Johnston out team. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Johnston has already followed in a similar fashion by making sporadic first team appearances.

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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.

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.

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.

Youngster still has lots of work to do to be Celtic regular. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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.

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.

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.