Loan move would have benefited Mikey Johnston

By John Reid

February 2, 2019

One of the high spots of the first-half of the season for Celtic fans was the emergence of Mikey Johnston.

The youngster took advantage of the opportunity given to him in the absence of Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard.

Naturally a winger, He starred in wins over Motherwell and Dundee playing in a more advanced role.

Unfortunately for Johnston, he didn’t have the best of games in the 1-0 loss to Rangers in December, but the loss wasn’t his fault.

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It was always going to be hard to Johnston to breakthrough into the Hoops side with James Forrest, Scott Sinclair and Jonny Hayes ahead of him.

That’s how he got his chance playing up-front in the team.

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Now some recent arrivals at Celtic Park could limit his game time for the rest of the season.

Recent signings Oliver Burke and Timothy Weah are both attacking players, and have already made an impact for the Hoops.

The signings have dropped Johnston down the pecking order.

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Perhaps a loan move to another side in the Scottish Premiership would have been a good move for the player.

He would be given a taste of regular first-team football at a team like Kilmarnock, which is perhaps unlikely to happen at Celtic Park for the rest of the season.

Perhaps a good sign for Johnston is that Burke and Weah are only loan deals.

He will still be at the club next season when the duo are most likely not going to be.

That is for the future though, and it will be interesting to see how often Johnston features between now and the end of the season for the Hoops.