Celtic winger Mikey Johnston gets another Scotland U21s chance after injury woes

By John McGinley

September 23, 2019

Celtic attacker Mikey Johnston is one of two Celtic players that have been called up to Scotland’s U21 squad for UEFA U21 Euros qualifiers next month against Lithuania and Czech Republic, the SFA announced on Monday.

Goalkeeper Ross Doohan, currently on loan at Ayr United, has also been named in Scot Gemmil’s side.

The news comes as a big boost to Johnston, who has missed Celtic’s last three matches because of a groin injury, after being forced to withdraw from international action earlier this month.

Johnston is hopeful of returning to action soon, telling The Daily Record on 11th September: “I’ve just got a groin strain so I’ll miss the weekend’s game (at Hamilton) but I’ll hopefully be back after that.”

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Will he win back his place in the Celtic side?

Clearly coaching staff with the U21s, likely based on guidance from Celtic, feel he will be back in action soon.

With Mohamed Elyounoussi arriving on deadline day, the youngster has plenty of competition for his place and will need to continue to work hard to prove to Neil Lennon he is worthy of a place in his team.

The young winger has been impressive at the start of the season, scoring three goals and assisting four times.

If he can hit the ground running again then there’s no reason to suggest he won’t have another extended run in the team.