Rogic absence gives Johnston chance to star in number 10 role at Celtic
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Rogic absence gives Johnston chance to star in number 10 role at Celtic

A striker crisis has recently presented wonder-kid Mikey Johnston with a surprise chance to impress in the Celtic first-team.

The 19-year-old is an attacking midfielder but has been given a new role as a centre-forward.

With Leigh Griffiths taking a break for personal reasons and Odsonne Edouard injured, Johnston came on as a substitute in the midweek win over Motherwell.

It did not take Johnston long to find the net with an impressive strike from distance.

It was his first goal for Celtic in his 16th senior outing and he did not settle for that.

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With Edouard sidelined for the weekend game against Dundee, Johnston continued in a striker role.

And the teenage talent bagged two goals to help his side to a comfortable 3-0 win over the Scottish Premiership’s bottom club.

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This would have impressed Brendan Rodgers but Edouard is due back before the Aberdeen fixture and Johnston may be dropped.

However, there could be a new door opening for the Celtic academy starlet even if Edouard is recalled.

Tom Rogic is one of Celtic’s best players but they will be without him for over a month as he heads to the Asia Cup with Australia.

Starting with the Old Firm clash against Rangers at Ibrox, the 26-year-old is set to be missing from the Celtic line-up.

This could allow Johnston to move back into his preferred role as an attacking midfielder.

Playing as a number 10, the Scotland under-21 international could take his Celtic career to the next level.

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