Rodgers lauds ‘absolutely brilliant’ Johnston after Dundee win

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has hailed teenager Mikey Johnston after he scored twice in their win over Dundee on Saturday.

Johnston’s brace, plus a goal from Filip Benkovic, sealed a comprehensive win for the champions at Parkhead, maintaining their place at the summit of the Scottish Premiership.

Without a recognised forward with Odsonne Edouard injured, 19-year-old Johnston deputised for the Frenchman and Rodgers was full of praised for the youngster’s impact after his two-goal display.

“It was so enjoyable some of our play, the youngsters just come in and play with that confidence within our structure.’’ Rodgers told the BBC.

“Mikey has got that instinct to score a goal. His run and skill for the first was absolutely brilliant, but his second is one you probably wouldn’t expect – a running diving header. He was such a threat.”

Celtic lead the title race by a single point following the win, ahead of a big week for Rodgers’ side. They visit third-placed Aberdeen on Boxing Day before the second Old Firm game of the season against Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday.

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