Michael Johnston played well for Neil Lennon’s Celtic on Thursday evening.
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.
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.
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.
Mikey Johnston is becoming such a dangerous player for Celtic that the opposition are trying to take him out. Middle to front the team look in a very good place.— Michael Stewart (@mstewart_23) August 29, 2019
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.”
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