Mikael Lustig encourages Mikey Johnston on Instagram after Celtic goal

By John McGinley

August 4, 2019

Celtic winger Mikey Johnston is enjoying the start to the 2019/20 season after scoring in a 7-0 rout of St Johnstone on the opening day of the Scottish Premiership.

Johnston didn’t waste much time opening his league account on Saturday. He netted a smart finish after just nine minutes to set his team on a path to a mammoth victory.

He later revelled in the goal and win on Instagram, getting a response from thousands of Celtic fans.

Johnston has made a superb case to Neil Lennon that he is worthy of a regular starting spot. In his first four games of the season so far he’s already registered two goals and three assists.

It’s a fantastic contribution that if maintained could see him become one of the club’s most important players.

Two familiar faces are clearly enjoying his bright start to the season too.

Former players Mikael Lustig and Timo Weah wasted little time in voicing their support for Johnston, replying to the attacker’s post.

(Instagram: @michaeljohnston73)

Another academy success story?

Johnston is just the latest young homegrown player to emerge into this generation’s Celtic team.

He follows in the footsteps of James Forrest, Callum McGregor and Kieran Tierney. His arrival proves that plenty of talent continues to come through Lennoxtown.

The early signs suggest he could meet their standards and become a mainstay for the Hoops too.

It’s important to remember though that patience is still required when judging his impact. Johnston is just 20-years-old and the inconsistency of youth could still strike.

Lennon has managed his progress over the last few months superbly and appears more willing than Brendan Rodgers to give him opportunities. At this stage, it looks like he’s replaced Scott Sinclair as the team’s starting left wing option.

He now has the platform to become Celtic’s latest success story.