Celtic winger Mikey Johnston gets "player with quality" praise after debut in Portugal

By John McGinley

September 11, 2022

Celtic winger Mikey Johnston is off to a winning start with Vitoria de Guimaraes this weekend after making his debut for the club against Santa Clara on Saturday.

Johnston got 45 minutes under his belt with his loan side, who he has joined for the entire season. The Portuguese outfit scored shortly after he came into the match, holding the 1-0 lead and securing their third win of the campaign so far.

Speaking after the game, Vitoria assistant coach Joao Aroso praised the Celtic star for being able to deal with a difficult introduction and also allowing his team to have the tactical flexibility that allowed them to score.

WARSAW, POLAND – 2022/07/20: Mikey Johnston of Celtic FC seen in action during the friendly match between Legia Warszawa and Celtic FC at Marshal Jozef Pilsudski Legia Warsaw Municipal Stadium. This match was the last in the career of Artur Boruc (the goalkeeper played in the past for Legia Warszawa and Celtic FC). Final score; Legia Warszawa 2:2 Celtic FC. (Photo by Mikolaj Barbanell/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

As quoted by Record, Aroso said: “Regarding Mikey, he is a player with quality, strong in the one-on-one, with many years at Celtic. He showed that in a difficult game. It’s not the easiest game for a player to debut in, but he’s used to strong environments.

“The most significant change [with Mikey Johnston coming in for Ryoya Ogawa] had to do with Nélson da Luz moving from wingback to full-back with special characteristics. In a ‘3x4x3’, a full-back can be very attacking.”

Johnston should now get plenty of opportunities to play in a competitive league that Vitoria will be looking to finish in the top half of.

He has impressed in his opening week at the club after making a deadline day switch, turning down a host of clubs in Scotland and England in the process.

It’s a move that could end up being the making of him at Celtic. The club are certainly still hopeful that he has a future at the club, having extended his contract by a year before approving the loan.

Hopefully he can string together the week-to-week form that shows he has a future with the Bhoys.

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