Hibernian’s Stevie Mallan praises Celtic’s Michael Johnston

26th December 2017, Dens Park, Dundee, Scotland; Scottish Premier League football, Dundee versus Celtic; Celtics Kristoffer Ajer, Michael Johnston and Stuart Armstrong pre-match

Celtic striker Michael Johnston and Hibernian midfielder Stevie Mallan are Scotland international teammates.

Michael Johnston of Celtic shoots at goal during the Scottish Premier League match between Dundee and Celtic at  Dens Park on December 26, 2017 in Dundee, Scotland.

Hibernian midfielder Stevie Mallan has spoken highly of Celtic striker Michael Johnston to The Sunday Post.

Mallan, who joined Hibernian from Barnsley in the summer transfer window, plays with 19-year-old Celtic striker Johnston for the Scotland Under-21 international side.

The 22-year-old former St. Mirren midfielder was impressed with the performance of the teenager for the Scotland Under-21 side against their Andorra counterparts at the Tynecastle Stadium last Thursday evening.

Mallan told The Sunday Post: “Mikey Johnston, you could see him trying to take players on. It was actually a frustrating game for him because they stuck two or three players on him.

“But you could see his quality. He’s playing with Celtic and he’s in and around the first team.”

Michael Johnston of Celtic reacts during the Scottish Premier League match between Dundee and Celtic at  Dens Park on December 26, 2017 in Dundee, Scotland.

Celtic future star

Johnston has made a handful of appearances for the Celtic first team so far in his career, but the Scottish youngster is only 19 years of age.

The Scotland Under-21 international has a bright future ahead of him, and one should not be surprised if the teenager establishes himself as the first-choice striker for the Glasgow giants in the coming years.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers himself rates Johnston highly, and described the 19-year-old in July 2018, as quoted by BBC Sport, as “exciting” and “a special talent”.

Stevie Mallan of Hibernian in action during the Scottish Premier League match between Hibernian and Aberdeen at Easter Road on August 25, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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