Negotiations concluded – Defensive ace set to complete big move


Just a few hours after Mikey Johnston admitted a loan move away from Scottish Premiership champions Celtic would be of benefit to him, it seems the suitor have decided not to waste any time and have come calling for the 19-year-old’s signature.

“I’m a Celtic fan so I want to be here as long as possible and break into the first team. If this isn’t my year then I’ll need to go somewhere else to play. I’ll see what the gaffer thinks,” the teenager, who dreams of following close friend Kieran Tierney into the first-team, told the Daily Record.

And now, according to a report by The Scottish Sun, St Mirren are working on a deal to lure Johnston to Paisley. New Buddies boss Alan Stubbs has already negotiated a deal with Celtic counterpart Brendan Rodgers.

And with Rodgers keen to send Johnston out on loan and let him get regular first team action under his belt, the report adds that a deal is coming through.

This will be a major coup for St Mirren given that several other clubs in Scotland’s top flight are also keen on Johnston, who was afforded just four league appearances last season thanks to injury and the form of James Forrest, Scott Sinclair and co.

Johnston is one of the most exciting talents at Celtic park and scored his first ever goal at Parkhead with a lovely dinked finish in the 4-1 pre-season defeat of Standard Liege on Saturday.