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Celtic can't lose Mikey Johnston after Brendan Rodgers praise

Coach of Celtic Brendan Rodgers looks at Jeremy Toljan when he's leaving the pitch after he's sent off during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 Second Leg match between Valencia FC and...

Brendan Rodgers once praised the linked-away Celtic striker.

Glasgow , United Kingdom - 20 May 2018; James McClean of Republic of Ireland XI in action against Michael Johnston of Celtic during Scott Brown's testimonial match between Celtic and...

If rumours are believed, Panathinaikos are weighing up a loan move for Celtic striker Mikey Johnston.

According to The Scottish Sun, the Greek giants are fans of the 20-year-old Celtic whiz and could try and bring him to Athens this summer.

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But Hoops boss Neil Lennon must definitely keep him.

Johnston showed enough last season under Brendan Rodgers to show that he has a very bright future in Scottish football and the Bhoys would be mad to loan him out.

 

He stepped up well when Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard were absent before the international break, and bagged a brace against Dundee.

Rodgers clearly had high hopes for him before leaving for Leicester City in February, telling The Record a month earlier: "He has a natural instinct. Mikey played as a striker as a kid. He has that electrifying speed that can really hurt teams in behind."

The loss of Oliver Burke has left Celtic lacking a proper speedy attacker and, going by Rodgers's comments, Johnston might be quick enough to fill the void left by the Scotland international.

He is a little raw, yes, but the talent is most certainly there and a full season shadowing the likes of Griffiths and Edouard would do far more for his development than a year in Greece.

Michael Johnston of Celtic controls the ball during the Betfred Scottish League Cup round of sixteen match between Partick Thistle and Celtic at Firhill Stadium on August 18, 2018 in...

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