MIKEY JOHNSTON has opened up about Brendan Rodgers moving on from the club with the double treble-winning manager being the one to hand him his first big opportunity at Celtic.

Johnston was brought through under Rodgers and has been played sporadically during this season.

When Brendan left, it came as a shock to the Celtic players and fans but Mikey seems unaffected by the change. Although he is still a very young player, Johnston seems pragmatic about the whole thing.

Speaking about his experience and what he thinks about the manager moving on – Mikey seemed unphased and revealed Neil Lennon has come in and spoke to him personally.

“I wasn’t too down. The old gaffer liked me and gave me opportunities, which I was really grateful for.” Mikey told RecordSport.

“But managers moving on is a part of football and it’s just something we have to deal with. Not a lot has changed really, although I can’t come to a conclusion yet because Neil Lennon’s not long in the door.


“He has spoken to me since he came into the club, giving me confidence, but nothing big. I didn’t really know him before. I played at youth level when he was the manager before, but I was only 13 or 14 so didn’t work under him at all.”

Johnston came on for the full second half of Celtic’s frustrating 0-0 draw with Aberdeen at the weekend. Neil Lennon showing a great amount of confidence in the youngster to let him go out there and try and to change the game.

Unfortunately, it didn’t pay off on the day for either Neil or Mikey. The bhoys now have to regroup before their away tie against Dundee at the weekend who will be doing the exact same thing as Aberdeen; defend in numbers and look for a point.


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