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Bhoys must have some stars to let Mikey leave


WEST BROM captain Jed Wallace reckons Celtic must be blessed with incredible wingers if Mikey Johnston can’t get a game – and joked the on-loan Baggies star has to calm his blistering Hawthorns form or he’ll be out of their reach.

The on-loan Hoops ace and Republic of Ireland winger has made a flying start at the Championsh­ip outfit with six goals and an assist in his first 10 games.

Skipper Wallace has been blown away by the 24-year-old who came through the ranks at Parkhead and made his first team debut six years ago, during Brendan Rodgers’ first spell in charge in the east end of Glasgow.

But Johnston was allowed to leave on loan in January with Celtic having wide men such as veteran Jams Forrest, winter signing Nicolas Kuhn, Luis Palma, Daizen Maeda and Yang Hyun-jun.

Johnston is still under contract at Celtic until 2025 and Wallace said: “I did say to him he has to slow it down a bit because his price has gone up every game! Celtic must have some wingers if he can’t get a game for them at the moment.

“He’s been unbelievab­le since he came in the door. He settled straight away and scored in his first start after about 30 seconds against Cardiff and hasn’t looked back to be honest.

“I think it suits more sometimes, obviously when you play for the big teams in Scotland every other team they play against put 10 men behind the ball.

“It’s a bit more open and he’s got real pace and when the game’s open it’s really suited him and he’s scored some unbelievab­le goals.

“But he’s doing great, he’s fitted in really well and hopefully he can keep his form up.”

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