In the 68th minute of the Betfred Cup Final, came a moment that could have changed the game. Brilliant forward play from Odsonne Edouard set Celtic attacker Mikey Johnston through on goal.
With only Allan McGregor to beat, Johnston’s touch wasn’t the greatest, and as McGregor narrowed the angle his shot went agonisingly past the post.
It was a moment that could have cost the Hoops – but thankfully it didn’t, and Celtic held on to win the game 1-0. Johnston actually deserves credit for his display in the game.
Not easy to come on at half-time
It couldn’t have been easy for him, going on at half-time to replace Mohamed Elyounoussi against a Rangers team that were on top.
However, Johnston acquitted himself well, even though he had to take up a defensive role for a lot of the game. It should be pointed out that he did manage to get himself forward to create the chance in the first place, which can’t be said for Celtic’s other attacking players on the day.
Therefore, he deserves credit for being clever enough to make the run which was spotted by Edouard. With two goals in his last two games, you would have expected Johnston to find the back of the net. Sadly, it was not to be.
In-line for a start in Romania?
However, it will be interesting to see if Johnston starts for the Hoops against Cluj on Thursday. Neil Lennon will no doubt make changes to his starting line-up. That could see Johnston return to the starting line-up for the first time since September.
His run from his own half to get on the end of Edouard’s pass shows that he is fit once more. Therefore, it perhaps makes sense to start Johnston in Romania. A good performance could see him replace Mohamed Elyounoussi in Celtic’s more competitive games. That will be up to Neil Lennon though.