Highly-rated Hibs youngster goes on emergency loan and impresses on senior debut aged 17
The 17-year-old made his senior debut for Rhys McCabe’s side, stepping in between the sticks with Josh Rae – who appeared for the Hibs B team in a Challenge Cup game in 2019 – nursing a back injury. shoulder and veteran goalkeeper David Hutton named on the bench.
Johnson, who was part of the Hibs Under-18 team that won the title last season, kept a clean sheet in his first professional appearance and was called into action in the 11th minute. ridding well to stifle an effort from Peterhead striker Conor O’ Keefe, and performed well throughout the 90 minutes.
Defender Craig Watson told DiamondsTV after the match: “Defensively we were thrilled to keep a clean sheet and we had a young goalkeeper who I thought was absolutely fantastic.
“Everything he did; his way of talking at the back, his organization, it was really impressive to see from such a young boy.”
Johnson has previously been involved with Scotland’s Under-19s and has attracted interest from the English Premier League. Speaking last month, David Marshall described the teenager as a “good natural goalkeeper” for whom Hibs have high hopes.
Johnson also traveled with the first team to Portugal for the club’s pre-season training camp in the Algarve.
It remains to be seen whether he will be involved this weekend when the Diamonds host Falkirk, but the keeper, who is also an accomplished cricketer, looks to have a bright future ahead of him.