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McFadden tips Celtic youngster Johnston to replace Edouard

James McFadden has backed Celtic teenager Mikey Johnston to fill the club’s forward role during the festive period.

The 19-year-old scored his first Celtic goal in the midweek win over Motherwell, and with Celtic’s only fit striker Odsonne Edouard currently having an injury assessed, Johnston may see more regular action in the coming weeks.

Former Scotland international McFadden has been impressed by the youngsters contribution, and believes the talented teen can fill the gap left by Edouard for Brendan Rodgers’ side.

“He [Johnston] plays predominantly on the left-hand side but was deployed in the central role and it’s something that as a young player it’s great because it’s showing confidence Rodgers has in him.’’ McFadden told Sky Sports News.

“It’s a fantastic goal, he scored his first goal and got the monkey off his back, it was playing on his mind a bit.”

“He’s a player that plays with high confidence, he’s very direct, he’s tricky,”

“He has a massive future and could well fill the gap left by Edouard.”

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