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  • Mikey Johnston: New Celtic deal is the perfect present

    Mikey Johnston: New Celtic deal is the perfect present

    By: Paul Cuddihy on 28 Dec, 2019 16:15

  • MIKEY Johnston enjoyed Christmas Day with his family before helping the Hoops take all three points with a 2-1 win at St Mirren on Boxing Day. Now the 20-year-old has been given the perfect festive present with a new five-year deal that will see him remain at Celtic until at least the summer of 2025.

    Johnston signed the new deal today (Saturday) and becomes the latest Celtic Youth Academy success story to commit his future to the club, with James Forrest and Callum McGregor both having recently signed new deals.

    And having recovered from the injury setback he suffered earlier in the season, Johnston is now looking forward to playing his part in the remainder of this campaign, which continues on Sunday with the Glasgow derby at Celtic Park – the last fixture before the winter break.

    Speaking exclusively to Celtic TV, Mikey Johnston said: “It’s a great present to have. Christmas was great with the family, and I’m just delighted now to get this done.

    “I’ve had the downside of the injury, so that halted my progress a wee bit this year, but I’m just trying to get back fit and get as many games as possible to get my stats up. There are always going to be ups and downs in football, and there are things you can learn from, and if you can overcome it mentally, then that will hold you in good stead.

    “I’m always happy to help the team wherever I’m needed, and I’m always happy to score goals and create goals for the team when I can. Hopefully I can keep doing that in the future.”

    With 11 goals in 45 appearances for the Hoops since making his debut back in May 2017 against St Johnstone, Mikey Johnston is another role model for the young players coming through the ranks at Celtic, just as Forrest and McGregor have been for him.

    And even though he is still only 20, and still learning every day from the players around him, Johnston is happy if his example helps others to fulfil their Celtic dream.

    “People like Callum and James are great players to look up to,” he said. “They’re always willing to give me advice whenever I need it, and I’m always happy to learn. I'm also happy to carry that on and hopefully teach the younger boys how to do it.”

    And as well as his team-mates, Johnston is also benefiting from the experience and advice of his manager and the coaching staff at the club.

    “Neil Lennon has been great for me, and all the advice he gives me is brilliant for learning as a player and developing,” he said. “Everything I’ve learned from him and the coaching staff has been brilliant so far.

    “I’ll always go to John Kennedy and Damien Duff, and try to learn from them – we’ll do analysis and things like that, and they’re always trying to lead me on the right path. Damien’s done so much in the game and he’s got so much knowledge to give, and I’m just trying to take it all in.”

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