Celtic attacker Mikey Johnston switches agent; big summer ahead

By John McGinley

June 16, 2022

Celtic winger Mikey Johnston has signed to a new agency at something of a crossroads in his Bhoys career.

Johnston had been on the books at the world-renowned CAA Base, alongside some other key Celtic personnel such as Matt O’Riley and Ange Postecoglou.

However, as confirmed on Instagram, he has now joined Avid Sports – which represents high-profile players such as James Forrest and Aaron Ramsey.

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Players change agents across football all the time, so this in itself is not an indication he is on the move away from Celtic, but it is a potentially defining summer for him.

Johnston played 20 times for Celtic last season, but only five of the appearances were starts as he struggled to fight his way into Postecoglou’s plans consistently.

Like previous years there were some injury and fitness issues that hampered his progress.

The winger was once considered a top prospect at the Bhoys, but now 23, is reaching the stage where he really needs to break into the Celtic team consistently or find regular football elsewhere.

At the end of 2019, Johnston signed a contract extension at Celtic until the summer of 2025, though like most players it wouldn’t be a surprise if the final year of that was an option for the club.

Regardless, he still has a lot of time left at the Bhoys to make an impact if he is not keen on switching clubs. A realistic middle-ground would be finding a loan for him if a manager sees something in his ability.

He needs the trust of someone and the confidence that only regular football can bring.

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An exit from Celtic isn’t guaranteed but if Postecoglou signs up Jota and goes on to sign another attacker or winger, it starts to become hard to see where Johnston fits in.

Nonetheless, he’s likely to get an opportunity in pre-season to impress. If he can show the determination and skill in Austria and beyond then Postecoglou will pick up on it, just as he did with Anthony Ralston.

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