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Rangers coach Graeme Murty acknowledges Celtic's Mikey Johnston

General view of Ibrox Stadium ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers beat Celtic in a reserve game today.

Celtic's Scottish forward Michael Johnston (R) runs for the ball next to Valencia's Spanish  midfielder Ferran Torres during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg football match...

Graeme Murty has admitted to Rangers' YouTube channel that Celtic's Mikey Johnston is a 'good player'.

Murty's Rangers reserve side beat the Hoops 2-0 at Firhill today to move within two wins of a league title.

Glenn Middleton scored twice and Celtic's youngsters had no response, despite having a number of players with first-team experience.

Johnston has netted three Premiership goals in five senior outings for Celtic this season, and Murty has revealed after the game that his players acknowledged the 19-year-old's threat during half time following a goalless first half, when Murty asked his troops what they thought was going wrong.

 

He told Rangers' YouTube channel: "When they came back with 'we have to be tighter, we have to be a bit more composed in final execution of the pass' and they were right. We needed to lock down there left side, because Mikey Johnston is a good player.

"We needed to be better and be a little more brave. They came up with that. The players had the answers."

Johnston is of course a big talent at Lennoxtown, and former manager Brendan Rodgers, who quit the Bhoys in February, said in January that he was an 'electrifying' player [The Record].

The arrivals of loanees Oliver Burke and Timothy Weah killed Johnston's chances of having a prolific second half to the season with the Bhoys, but both are likely to be gone by next season and it'll be interesting to see if he can kick on then.

Mikey Johnston of Celtic runs at James Tavernier and Joe Worrall of Rangers during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League between Celtic and at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Glasgow,...

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