Celtic winger Mikey Johnston finally pictured back in full training

By David Walton

September 15, 2021

Celtic winger Mikey Johnston has finally been pictured back in full training ahead of tomorrow night’s game against Real Betis.

Johnston has been out since July after picking up a nasty hamstring injury in a pre-season friendly against Bristol City. Despite looking in good form heading into the competitive campaign, the blow has so far set him back two months.

Johnston has recently been taking part in individual training. The latest from Ange Postecoglou on him came before the international break when he stated he hoped Mikey would be back afterward [Celtic TV].

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And whilst we haven’t yet seen him take part in a matchday squad, he is at least back in full training. SNS Group today uploaded several images of Johnston training including images with him taking part with the first-team.

It comes at a time when Celtic are short down the flanks. With Liel Abada and James Forrest out for Thursday’s Europa League opener in Spain, the Hoops will be short on one of either flank depending on what the manager does with Jota.

However, a return to action in Andalusia looks highly unlikely. With Mikey having missed every competitive match this season so far, it looks more realistic that he’ll be eased back in.

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The sooner Celtic get Mikey Johnston back, the better for squad depth

Brilliant news on Johnston this. It was disappointing not to see or hear anything about him being back involved in the run-up to Saturday’s win against Ross County.

It’s likely however that Postecoglou simply wants to shield him from any unnecessary pressure. It won’t be long before Johnston is back in matchday squads now that he’s out running and getting involved with full training.

As soon as the Lennoxtown graduate returns, Celtic will finally have sufficient depth on the left. Jota looks like a promising addition to the Parkhead ranks, but he needs a rival.

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It’s fair to say that Johnston’s Celtic career has been stop-start. He burst onto the Parkhead scene back in 2018, but it would be a year later when he would get his first proper run. Injuries have curtailed him badly, especially the knee injury picked up in January 2020 that kept him out for just under a year.

Thankfully, his hamstring knock hasn’t dented his Celtic hopes this season too much. Yes, he has plenty of proving to do. Not just to the manager, but to the supporters who are still waiting on him to reach his incredible levels of potential.

Hopefully, the injury problems are now behind him. With a heavy six-game schedule between now and the next international break, this is his time to bag more minutes.

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