MIKEY JOHNSTON has switched his allegiance from Scotland to Ireland.
The 23-year-old Glasgow-born star, who is currently on loan at Portuguese outfit Vitoria Guimaraes, has opted for the dramatic change, according to a report in the Independent.
Johnston, who made three appearances for the Scotland Under-21 team, qualifies for the Irish set-up with his grandparents hailing from Derry.
The winger has decided to make himself available for Stephen Kenny’s squad after recent conversations with the international manager.
GREEN FOR GO…Mikey Johnston proudly holds aloft the League Cup after Celtic’s 2-1 win over Hibs at Hampden in December 2021. David Turnbull looks on.
The Republic of Ireland boss attempted to get an updated look on the form of the Hoops player in Portugal, but, unfortunately, Johnston was an unused substitute when they played Sporting Braga.
The youngster, who was introduced to the Celtic first team by Brendan Rodgers in May 2017 in a 4-1 victory over St Johnstone, has scored once and featured 14 times since arriving in the summer on his temporary season-long deal.
His career at his boyhood favourites has been blighted by injury, but he has claimed 11 goals in 80 appearances.
Johnston dropped down the pecking order at the Hoops as Ange Postecoglou brought in players such as Liel Abada, Filipe Jota and Sead Haksabanovic.