SWISS right-back Saidy Janko put in an impressive performance in the Celtic development side’s 1-1 draw with Raith Rovers at Starks Park last night.
The former Manchester United defender was left at home by Ronny Deila to get some match practice against the Fifers and the Under-21 international shone during his 68 minutes on the pitch.
Janko took every opportunity to storm down the right flank and already looks like being a superb acquisition to the Hoops squad for the forthcoming season.
The home side took the lead in the first-half through Grant Anderson, but Joe Thomson equalised on the hour mark, curling in a shot after taking a pass from Kieran Tierney.
While Janko was bombing down his flank, Tierney was equally dangerous on the left. And Aidan Nesbitt proved a constant threat to Raith throughout.
The game was organised to mark the formal naming ceremony of the Turnbull Hutton Stand at Starks Park, renamed in honour of the former club chairman who passed away earlier this year.
Celtic started well, but it was the Fifers who took the lead in the 13th minute with Anderson converting a low cross.
The Hoops immediately went in search of an equaliser and Nesbitt had a shot from just outside the box which went wide, while Janko was causing problems with his darting raids on the right.
As half-time approached Kevin Cuthbert produced a superb save to deny Thomson and then the woodwork denied a Tierney chip.
Into the second-half, former Celt Lewis Toshney came on for the home side and it was the visitors who had goalkeeper Colin McCabe to thank for keeping them in the game as he denied Lewis Vaughan twice in quick succession.
But on 60 minutes, Stevie Frail’s side equalised. Tierney won possession in his own half and drove forward before cutting the ball back for Thomson who curled a superb shot beyond Cuthbert.
It was a good result for a young Celtic side against a strong Championship side, with several impressive performances for the Hoops.
Janko took the opportunity to show he will be ready to play a role in the forthcoming campaign. 

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