Celtic’s Mikey Johnston is being targeted for a loan move by their Premiership rivals Aberdeen, The Daily Record‘s Scott Burns revealed on Sunday night.
The Hoops have already allowed three players to leave the club temporarily this month. Midfielders Liam Shaw and Ewan Henderson have joined Motherwell and Hibernian respectively, while goalkeeper Conor Hazard has gone to HJK Helsinki in Finland.
Johnston, who came through the youth ranks at Celtic, is valued at £900,000 by Transfermarkt and still has three-and-a-half years remaining on his contract.
Burns wrote for The Daily Record that Johnston features on Aberdeen’s shortlist of attacking options. The 22-year-old’s former Celtic team-mate Scott Brown is said to be a ‘huge admirer’ and has provided a ‘glowing reference’ to chiefs at Pittodrie.
However, Ange Postecoglou may block the move to preserve the depth of his squad, with ‘a number’ of players currently absent.
How important a player is Johnston for Celtic? He has made 18 appearances this season, including four in the Europa League and 12 in the Premiership, but only four of those have been from the start, so you’d think that the Hoops could afford to let him go and play more regularly elsewhere.
However, injuries to Kyogo Furuhashi and Liel Abada, in addition to Daizen Maeda’s international call-up, will rightly have them thinking twice before loaning out the 22-year-old to another Premiership club.
Johnston is a threat, with 21 goals and assists under his belt as a senior player, and he has been called a ‘sensational’ talent with ‘bags of potential’ by Celtic skipper Callum McGregor. Therefore, Postecoglou is rightly reluctant to loan him out to Aberdeen.
In other news, there’s a big update on a Celtic attacking target.
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