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FAI Reportedly Attempting To Persuade Celtic Wonderkid To Play For Ireland

FAI Reportedly Attempting To Persuade Celtic Wonderkid To Play For Ireland
By PJ Browne Updated

Mikey Johnston made his Celtic debut on Saturday, starting his side's 4-1 win against St. Johnstone at Parkhead.

Shortly after the game, Johnston was handed a new three-year deal by the club which will keep him at Celtic until at least 2020.

The Glasgow-born winger has been at Celtic since the age of nine and is viewed as one of their academy's best young prospects.

According to the Scottish Sun, Celtic are not the only ones who highly rate Johnston - so do the FAI. The paper reports that Irish football's governing body have made contact with Celtic, the player and his family regarding their desire to see him play for Ireland. Johnston has played for Scotland at U19 level.

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Johnston, who qualifies to play for Ireland through his grandparents, would follow in the footsteps of Aiden McGeady and James McCarthy - both of whom were born in Scotland - if he chooses to represent Ireland.

Prior to signing his new deal at Parkhead, Johnston was linked with a move to Chelsea. Stoke and Derby were both also reportedly keeping an eye on him.

After Saturday's game, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers praised Johnston, comparing him the SPFA Player of the Year Scott Sinclair.

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You can see the profile of Mikey Johnston, he is similar to Scott Sinclair - slight, fast, dynamic. With more involvement, he will become more prolific, but he worked very hard too to press the play.

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