Celtic man Mikey Johnston switched international allegiances to Ireland back in March. So far for the country, the winger has caught the eye.

He has only bagged twice for his nation to date, but his performances have been up to the mark. Indeed, midweek against New Zealand, the 24-year-old won the Man of the Match award.

Johnston particularly caught the eye with his willingness to get forward and take on his man. Post-match, it was found by stats provider OptaJoe that he was second for completed dribbles per 90 minutes of players who had played more than 200 minutes throughout Euro 2024 qualifying with 4.9.

Celtic Mikey Johnston
28th October 2023; Easter Road, Edinburgh, Scotland: Scottish Premiership Football, Hibernian versus Celtic; Alistair Johnston of Celtic and Mikey Johnston of Celtic

Man City star Jeremy Doku was first with 9.7, although Johnston proceeded to rank ahead of every other player who played in Euros qualifying, including Kvicha Kvaratshkelia, Bukayo Saka, Kylian Mbappe, and many other world superstars.

For Ireland, it seems as though Johnston is a much better player than he is for Celtic. The left-sided wide-man has played once for the Hoops so far this campaign, and he didn’t impress.

On an international level, however, he shines. Rodgers will hope things can alter sooner rather than later, and that the quadruple-treble-winner can transfer his Ireland form to club level.


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