"I want to break that stigma and show everyone"; Mikey Johnston sets out Celtic ambition after struggles

By John McGinley

July 9, 2022

Celtic winger Mikey Johnston is hoping his injury woes are behind him at the Bhoys as he sets the target of showing everyone just how talented he is.

Johnston has had a difficult time of it at the club over the last couple of years, with injury and fitness issues backing up to prevent him from getting any sort of consistent training or match action under his belt.

He managed to make 20 appearances under Ange Postecoglou last season but only five of them were starts and the majority of them came in the first half of the season.

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With Daizen Maeda arriving, Jota here permanently and James Forrest signing a new contract, Johnston has his work cut out to become a firm part of the manager’s plans.

However, he’s hopeful better days are ahead and he’s hoping to showcase his ability.

Speaking to Celtic TV in Austria, the winger said: “It’s been a long summer. I had a lot of bits and bobs with injuries last year so I just want to get off to a good start and stay injury free and enjoy my football.

“You can’t plan for it but there are a lot of things you can do to avoid injuries. I would say I’m doing a lot better with that, knowing my body better than I have before.

“I just want to enjoy football again. I want to be playing my best stuff and show everyone how good I actually am.

“I never really got an injury until I was 19 but it all came at once. I don’t really like talking about injuries and all that, all the time, it’s always what we’re talking about with me, to be honest.

“I want to break that stigma and just show everyone.”

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Now 23, it does feel like Johnston is at something of a crossroads in his Celtic career. If he can stay injury-free he should get chances under Ange, with loads of matches in four competitions coming up this season.

With three years left on his contract, there’s plenty of time for him to make his mark. A loan away could be another option for him, especially if Celtic end up signing another versatile attacker that can play across the frontline.

More than anything though, hopefully Johnston can just find that bit of consistency across a campaign and get down to the job of showing everyone what he wants to show them.

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