Celtic find themselves in an interesting situation right now. They stumbled out of the gates this season but have quite certainly found their feet in recent months. That being said, they are dealing with quite a few injuries at this point in time and could that lead to Brendan Rodgers coming up with some innovative solutions?
We are in the middle of the international break now. Thus, several of Celtic’s best players are away with their national team right now.
Amidst this, one interesting idea has emerged for Alistair Johnston to play in a holding midfield role for the Canadian national team. Let’s see if it actually ends up happening or not.
"“I would try Alistair Johnston as a holding midfielder. I just think it’s a role in this team where there is no defined player. I think he could unlock and unleash (Stephen) Eustaquio to play a bit more of a free role.“But he’s a player I most trust in that position. Just watching his game evolve, his distribution has become very good. When Canada was working at their best, Johnston would play that role, sometimes he’d stay on the right but sometimes he’d also come centrally as well in order to distribute and open up space down the flank as well.”"
Celtic player tipped for position change by commentator
At Celtic, the deepest midfield role is played by club captain Callum McGregor. He played further up the pitch earlier in his career but started to drop deeper in the twilight of Scott Brown’s career.
While Broony has left Celtic since then, McGregor has continued to occupy that position on the pitch. There are many who believe though that he would be helped if moved a bit further up and it would also make the best use of his ability to find the back of the net.
It remains to be seen if Johnston does end up being used as a holding midfielder at any point in the future. He is a starter for the Hoops right now but on the right side of the defensive four.
The Canadian international has done very well in that position and there is no real reason to experiment at this point in time. It is also worth pointing out that Celtic have signed several defensive midfielders in recent years but nobody has been successful in becoming a starter for the Scottish champions.