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Michael Stewart praises Celtic winger Michael Johnston

Michael Johnston of Celtic FC celebrates scoring to make it 1-2 during a UEFA Europa League qualification match between AIK and Celtic FC at Friends arena on August 29, 2019 in Solna,...

Michael Johnston played well for Neil Lennon’s Celtic on Thursday evening.

Celtic's Michael Johnston vies with AIK's Robert Lundstrom during the UEFA Europa League play-off, second leg football match between AIK and Celtic FC at Friends Arena, on August 29, 2019...

Michael Stewart has praised Celtic winger Michael Johnston on Twitter, and has said that the youngster is becoming a “dangerous player” for the Hoops.

The former Manchester United and Hibernian midfielder, who now works as a pundit for BBC Sport, made the comments about the 20-year-old following his performance for Celtic against AIK in the Europa League playoff round on Thursday evening.

 

Encouraging display

The Scotland Under-21 international played well on the wing, made some superb runs with the ball, was involved in the Glasgow giants’ second goal, and tracked back to help out in defence.

During the match, the AIK players did make quite a few challenges on Johnston, but despite the treatment from the opposition, Johnston did well.

Praise for Michael Johnston and Nir Bitton

Stewart was impressed with Johnston and has praised him on Twitter, while former Scotland international striker James McFadden noted the heavy challenges that were made on him.

Michael Johnston of Celtic and Robert Lundstrom of AIK share a bottle of water during the UEFA Europa League Play Off First Leg match between Celtic and AIK at Celtic Park on August 22,...

McFadden has also praised Nir Bitton for his performance in central defence.

The 27-year-old is a defensive midfielder by trade, but the Israel international was deployed as a makeshift central defender.

Bitton was strong at the back, made some good interventions, and was very comfortable on the ball.

McFadden told BBC Sport: “Mikey Johnston was looking a bit tired. He's been on the end of heavy challenges, some of them cynical fouls.

"AIK had obviously singled him out as a danger-man. Neil Lennon looking to keep him fresh for Sunday by taking him off.”

McFadden told BBC Sport: “I like Nir Bitton at centre-back because he's calm. When the ball comes in he doesn't just slash at it, he gets it under control, defends well and allows Celtic to keep possession.”

Nir Bitton of Celtic and Julian Draxler of PSG during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Paris Saint-Germain and Celtic FC at Parc des Princes on November 22, 2017 in Paris,...

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