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Cillian Sheridan drools over Mikey Johnston in Celtic win v St Johnstone

Celtic maintained their supremacy at the top of the Scottish Premiership table after beating St Johnstone 3-1 on Sunday (3 December) away from home. 

After going a goal down in the first half, the Bhoys came back sharply after the break. They were lethargic in the first half but produced a spirited performance, with goals coming from Callum McGregor, Matt O’Riley, and James Forrest.

Former Hoops player turned football pundit, Cillian Sheridan, has showered praise on Mikey Johnston on BBC Sportsound, saying he has been a “game changer”.

Sheridan is thrilled by the “positivity and aggression” of Johnston which he described as “dangerous”. He has also hailed him for his “brilliant” overall performance, as the Hoops picked up all three points.

“The positivity and aggression that Mikey Johnston’s got, every time he gets the ball he’s dangerous. The flick on in the build up to the second goal is brilliant. He’s probably been the game changer,” said Sheridan, as relayed by BBC Sport (3 December, 13:48).

More praise

While O’Riley will probably grab the headline for his thunderbolt effort from 20 yards out, it is Johnston who has been imperious in the second half.

After a demoralising defeat in Rome against Lazio, the Hoops needed a strong response. They were very lethargic in the first half, and St Johnstone deservedly took the lead.

However, a much-improved performance, led by skipper McGregor, made all the difference. Chris Sutton took to X to share his reaction, and he has also praised the 24-year-old Celtic winger.

The scoreline may not reflect how good St Johnstone were during the entire game, but it does suggest that Celtic can reach new levels whenever they want to. And they are more than capable of grinding out impressive wins even if they are not at their very best.

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