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FAI Chasing Celtic’s Irish-Eligible Wonder Kid

Celtic DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 28: Martin O'Neill, coach of Republic of Ireland gives instructions during the International Friendly match between Republic of Ireland and Iceland at Aviva Stadium on March 28, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

The Irish Sun have claimed that the FAI have approached Irish eligible Scottish winger Michael Johnston.

The highly rated player qualifies under his grandparents and has already been involved in the Scotish underage set up. Fresh from securing a new deal with the Hoops, the 18-year-old will hope to kick on and win some international honours in the near future.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 26: Michael Johnston of Celtic vies with Josh Jeffries of Rangers during The Scottish FA Youth Cup Final between Celtic and Rangers at Hampden Park on April 26, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The FAI will hope that he will declare for the Boys in Green and have already had some high profile successes in luring James McCarthy and Aiden McGeady in the past. Both declared for Ireland in their teems and made similar waves at a young age. It is also worth noting that current Ireland defender Alex Pearce was also lured from the clutches of Scotland having represented them at underage level.

Like Johnston, McGeady made his name at Celtic as a wonder kid and earned his first Irish cap at 18 against Jamaica in 2004. McCarthy was a first team member at Hamilton at 15 but had to wait a little longer for his Ireland debut. Both became controversial figures in Scotland following their switches which lead to abuse from crowds in league games meaning that Johnston will have to take his time with any decision.

He is highly regarded by Celtic manager Brendan Rogers and will represent a major coup for the FAI. Ireland have seen Granny Rule converts like Michael Keane, Patrick Bamford, Dan Crowley and most famously Jack Grealish slip from their fingers in recent years and will hope to continue their tradition by expanding Ireland player pool though youngsters with strong Irish connections.

Nick Menezes, Pundit Arena

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Author: Nick Menezes

Nick is a soccer, GAA and rugby fanatic who has a worrying obsession with the Irish football team. His articles focus on Irish football and he also writes some light-hearted pieces, particularly quirky starting XIs.