The Lowdown: World Cup star
Johnston put in an impressive performance for Canada despite their 1-0 loss at the hands of Belgium in the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The versatile defender, who filled in at centre-back, won three of his duels, recorded one shot on target, one successful dribble, two tackles, three key passes, one accurate cross and one accurate long ball (SofaScore).
He plays his club football in the MLS with Montreal, where he has scored four goals and made four assists in 39 appearances in total over all competitions (Transfermarkt).
The Latest: Celtic ‘closing in’
Taking to Twitter, Veth has revealed that ‘multiple sources’ have confirmed that Ange Postecoglou’s side are ‘closing in’ on the signing of Johnston, with a deal now ‘advanced’:
“Multiple sources! Alistair Johnston is closing in on a move to Scottish giants #CelticFC. A deal is now advanced. The #CanMNT star also has a UK passport. He is under contract at #CFMTL until 2023 with 2 option years. He is currently starring at the World Cup.”
The Verdict: Another good signing
Following the signing of Japanese central defender Yuki Kobayashi, who the Hoops described as a ‘hugely exciting talent‘ in their announcement, Johnston looks set to be another smart acquisition at Parkhead.
He has recently received glowing praise from former Scottish Premiership full-back and Canadian legend Colin Miller, who claims that he would ‘suit’ the division, and is ‘very quick’, ‘very aggressive’ and ‘competitive’. Miller adds that he would be a ‘great signing for Celtic’, as he is ‘very ambitious’ going forward, but also ‘loves a tackle’.
With Johnston looking like he will join Kobayashi at the Celts, they could both give them a big push going into the second part of the season.
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