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Surely Celtic won't be loaning out Mikey Johnston

Michael Johnston of Celtic during the William Hill Scottish Cup final between Heart of Midlothian and Celtic at Hampden Park on May 25, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Celtic gem scored a brilliant goal on Tuesday night.

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...

Five seconds. That's how long it took for Mikey Johnston to change the complexion of Celtic's Champions League qualifier on Tuesday evening.

FK Sarajevo took a surprise lead in their visit of the Hoops, but Johnston equalised on 35 minutes.

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The 20-year-old Celtic gem received the ball in midfield, drove forward and held off a couple of challenges, before letting rip from 25 yards and watching the ball sail into the top corner. Something from nothing.

It was a magnificent goal for Neil Lennon's side - the first of three away goals they would score last night - and a big reminder that there's simply no chance Celtic will be loaning out Johnston.

 

Last month, The Scottish Sun claimed that the Lennoxtown product was being targeted by Panathinaikos. It looked a silly rumour at the time, but now there's simply no shot.

Brendan Rodgers was a big fan of the 'electrifying' youngster, telling The Record in January: "He doesn’t need to be massive. But he does need to be able to protect the ball. 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."

Lennon will be keeping Johnston this season and beyond. He is a game-changer - and proved as much in the space of five seconds.

Michael Johnston of Celtic during the William Hill Scottish Cup final between Heart of Midlothian and Celtic at Hampden Park on May 25, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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