He might be inexperienced, but Mikey Johnston must start in Romania

By John Reid

August 6, 2019

Celtic attacker Mikey Johnston is only at the beginning of his footballing career. He has only made 31 appearances for the Hoops in the last three seasons.

Despite his relative inexperience, he should get the nod from Neil Lennon to start for the Hoops against Cluj on Wednesday night.

Former boss may have gone for experience

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There is little doubt that former Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers would have turned to Scott Sinclair to replace Johnston in a situation like this.

However, Lennon should not contemplate doing that. Johnston deserves to keep his place in the Hoops team on merit.

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In only four appearances for the Hoops this season, Johnston has two goals and three assists. That is a record that would be getting far more attention if it wasn’t for the great form of Ryan Christie.

Faith should be kept in in-form players

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Neil Lennon should have faith in the early season form showed by his players. That is why Johnston must start in Romania.

It will be a hostile atmosphere. But Johnston has played in Celtic’s last two visits to Ibrox, so he should be able to handle that.

Celtic’s forward play has been a highlight of the early weeks of the season. There is no need to make unnecessary changes just because Cluj will be a difficult game.

Therefore, Johnston should be selected for the game. It would be a real mistake if he was left out.