Republic of Ireland winger Mikey Johnston moves from Celtic to West Brom on loan

Mikey Johnston of Republic of Ireland turns away to celebrate after he opened the scoring

Mikey Johnston of Republic of Ireland turns away to celebrate after he opened the scoring Credit: Conor Ryan (ETPhotos)

West Bromwich Albion have confirmed the signing of winger Mikey Johnston on loan from Celtic for the rest of the Sky Bet Championship season.

Johnston, 24, joins as the Baggies’ third addition in the January transfer window, alongside Andi Weimann and Callum Marshall in Carlos Corberán’s squad.

The attacker has made 92 appearances for the Scottish champions, featuring nine times since the beginning of December.

Having made his international debut for the Republic of Ireland in March 2023, Johnston has since earned eight caps and scored twice.

The Glasgow-born player is eager to start his tenure with Albion. “I want to hit the ground running and make an impact right away,” Johnston said. 

Johnston spoke highly of the Albion coach, saying, “Right from the start, the gaffer Carlos Corberán was on to me to get me in. He was telling me all about the way he likes to play and bits about the club."

Johnston's enthusiasm for Corberán's approach was clear: "I was really keen as soon as I spoke to him. He’s impressive. You know exactly what he needs from you and it’s exactly the type of manager I like to work under.”

Corberán himself emphasised the team's needs and Johnston's fit: “At the start of the window we identified a need to increase our attacking options, specifically in wide positions."

He expressed delight in securing Johnston, noting, “He is a player with European and international football experience as a winger and, if needed, he also has the qualities required to play as a number 10."

Highlighting Johnston’s readiness, Corberán added, “Mikey has the skill to make a difference in the final third and the fact he has played regularly for Celtic in December and January means he will be able to make an immediate impact here.”