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.
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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