"I feel ready" says young keeper Rachael Johnstone


By Colette Carr

When asked what the overriding emotion is when she gets the nod she'll be in the starting eleven, teenager Rachael Johnstone answered, "I feel ready," with an assured calmness far beyond her young years. 

In a second start that nearly never came after a small incident in the warm-up, the keeper made it two senior appearances and two cleansheets after Celtic ran out 3-0 winners over Hearts at K-Park. And with the excitement came gratitude to be able to make the step up from the bench, with the stopper keen to keep putting in the hard work on the training pitch and continue to reap the rewards.

“I’m ecstatic – I’m so grateful to get the opportunity to play in this team and it’s even better when you come away with a cleansheet, so I'm very happy," she said.

While Celtic dominated and Johnstone was rarely called into defensive action, it's games like that where keepers must work harder to ensure they're switched on she explained, saying: "It's difficult in games like this, where you do have all the possession and you're dominating, because it only takes one opportunity for them to score."

While seeing your name on the teamsheet always brings excitement to a young player, Johnstone calmly tells she always feels ready to go when called upon, and hailed the relationship she's built with Celtic number 1 Chloe Logan in helping her along the way.

“I feel ready when the chances come. I work hard at training so when the opportunity comes I’m ready – I’m always excited as well, and have a bit of nerves, but they’re good nerves.

"It's so important to have that relationship. We push each other on, and we have a laugh but it's still serious, so we can get a good training session while enjoying ourselves and Chloe's an amazing keeper so I'm learning so much from her every day and I'm really lucky to have her as that kind of mentor."

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