Celtic boss Neil Lennon provides supporters with double injury boost

By David Walton

November 26, 2019

Celtic fans have been given a double injury boost as Neil Lennon updated supporters on the conditions of Mikey Johnston and Mohamed Elyounoussi respectively.

Johnston hasn’t featured since the 2-0 win at Ibrox back in September. As for Elyounoussi, he returned from international duty injured. He hasn’t played since Celtic’s 2-0 win over Motherwell nearly three weeks ago.

Since then, Lennon hasn’t been playing a natural left-winger in their position. Instead, he’s used James Forrest to play down the left in a surprising move.

James Forrest played down the left against Livingston (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Yet, despite the fact that Jimmy hasn’t let anybody down, Lennon’s comments on Celtic TV remain a big boost. Here’s what he had to say on the duo as well as updating supporters on Jonny Hayes’ situation:

“He is having a scan this evening. We are hoping it is just a muscle injury and if that is the case he should be good to go in the next week or so.

“We have a couple coming back. Mikey Johnston is back in training, we are hoping Mohamed Elyounoussi will be training by the end of the week.

“So fingers crossed Jonny isn’t as bad as we first feared.”

Mo looks to be in with a real chance of facing Rangers

Forrest has impressed down the left and actually looks surprisingly comfortable. He was immense in the position against Livingston on Saturday, bagging two goals in the process.

Mohamed Elyounoussi must be given his spot back (Andy Buchanan/AFP via Getty Images)

However, when we face Rangers, you would want Forrest down the right with Elyounoussi on the left side. With the cup final being next weekend, that gives Elyounoussi the full week to get his fitness up ahead of the game.

Sure, it’s not ideal that he won’t have played for a few weeks before the game. But having him up against James Tavernier is an exciting thought. So long as he shows signs of sharpness throughout next week, it would be worth putting him in.

As for Johnston, it will be great to see him back amongst things again. After all, he was perhaps our best player in the opening few weeks of the season. His impressive performance at Ibrox was backed up by the assist he bagged, and it’s a shame he was never able to build on it. Now it looks as though we’re closing in on the end of his injury problems.

Mikey Johnston’s injury woes are hopefully behind him (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Unfortunately, it seems to still be up in the air regarding Hayes. Lennon’s comments do add a brighter light considering Celtic have some hope that his injury isn’t serious. Nothing will be definitive until they see the results of the scan however.

So, overall, a couple of fine injury boosts for Celtic ahead of a hectic period of games. Getting both Johnston and Elyounoussi back in the next week or so will be absolutely priceless.