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Celtic: Mikey Johnston ‘attracting interest’ from Standard Liege

Celtic: Mikey Johnston ‘attracting interest’ from Standard Liege -Celtic News

Standard Liege are ‘interested’ in signing Celtic youngster Mikey Johnston, as are a number of other clubs, according to Sky Sports reporter Anthony Joseph.

The Lowdown: Johnston not a regular at Celtic

The 23-year-old is a talented young figure at Parkhead but playing time has been hard to come by over the past 12 months or so.

Johnston played very little part in Celtic’s Premiership title triumph last season, making only three starts in the league and having to accept playing a peripheral role.

A move away from the Hoops has been mooted recently, and it looks as though it could easily happen before the summer transfer window ends.

The Latest: Johnston attracting transfer interest

Taking to Twitter, the reliable Joseph confirmed Standard Liege’s interest in Johnston, adding that Celtic are willing to let the 23-year-old leave on loan for the season.

The reporter tweeted:

“Standard Liege are one of a number of clubs interested in signing Celtic winger Mikey Johnston. The 23-year-old is attracting interest from the top leagues in Belgium & The Netherlands & also the English Championship. No offers have come in yet. Celtic would be open to a loan.”

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The Verdict: Loan move only?

A loan move away makes complete sense for Johnston this summer, with Ange Postecoglou unlikely to guarantee him regular playing time for Celtic.

Instead, the winger could continue his growth as a player elsewhere, starting regularly, honing his all-round game and returning to Parkhead a more rounded footballer.

A permanent exit at this point would feel like a risk, given Johnston’s potential – he has been described as ‘sensational’ by Callum McGregor  – but a year away from Parkhead would probably be beneficial for all parties.

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