Scotland U21s star George Johnston has returned to UK football for the time being, the Liverpool academy product signing on loan at Wigan Athletic.

The defender had made his professional breakthrough at Liverpool, where he signed his first pro deal but was unable to break into their senior plans, making two appearances. He moved to the Eredivisie with Feyenoord in 2019.

The Liverpool academy product has moved back to the north of England.

The Liverpool academy product has moved back to the north of England. (Photo by Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

He had  four appearances this term for the Dutch side but now moves to Wigan for frequent senior experience. Johnston was a regular at U21s level for Scotland, playing eight times, but will now leave that level after turning 22.

Naturally a centre-back, Johnston made his Wigan debut in a 0-0 draw with Fleetwood Town, saying it was good to get his first minutes so quickly: “To get the clean sheet was obviously important for me and Corey in particular. But the clean sheet comes from the whole team playing well together defensively.

 

“It was just unfortunate we couldn’t go on and get the win in the end. The lads were great to me and I feel part of the group already after training on Friday. It’s a massive thing for me, the boys have been great and there are encouraging signs from today and hopefully we can go on and win as many as we can.

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Battling display in his debut match. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

“The clean sheet was important and if we can build on that with the defensive base then it will keep us in good stead for the rest of the season.”

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