Why Mikey Johnston missed Celtic vs Raith Rovers game tonight

By David Walton

September 23, 2021

Many Celtic supporters were left wondering pre-match as to why Mikey Johnston wasn’t in the squad.

Given he made his long-awaited return from injury against Livingston on Sunday, tonight’s Premier Sports Cup match against Raith Rovers looked a great opportunity for him. A chance to make his mark in the Celtic team once again and remind us all of his talents.

However, unfortunately, the player has suffered from another disappointing injury knock. Just days after returning to the squad, the winger has picked up another setback. Reliable reporter Alison Conroy stated the following on Twitter:

This will be a red flag for many Celtic supporters. This was the perfect setup for Mikey to come in and make an impact. Ange Postecoglou didn’t have any wide talent on the bench tonight either. In fact, in terms of attacking options outright, the manager only had Giorgos Giakoumakis available.

Johnston’s cameo at Livingston on Sunday was his first competitive appearance of the season. After picking up a pre-season injury against Bristol City, the tricky winger was provided with a real setback before the competitive action began.

To hear he’s picked up another? Massively disappointing.

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Yet another blow for Mikey Johnston; Celtic opportunity is waiting to be taken

It’s unclear as of yet as to how long Johnston will be out for. But it’s fair to say that the player could do with an extremely short spell on the sidelines at worst.

It is a slight relief for supporters that it wasn’t due to him being unfavoured. That perhaps would’ve been an even greater reason for concern. But only if the injury picked up isn’t a major one.

Let’s be honest, the Lennoxtown academy graduate should be making big strides this season. He’s the only option we have to genuinely push and rotate with Jota on the left. This is his big opportunity to step up and make it at Parkhead.

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You now look at Celtic’s fixtures and wonder where Postecoglou throws him in. Dundee United on Sunday? Bayer Leverkusen the week after? Away trips to Motherwell, Aberdeen, or Hibernian? Unlikely. This was the one he would’ve been targeting to impress the manager and the supporters.

Hopefully, Postecoglou can let fans know of the timeline here ASAP. If it’s a long-term issue, that provides us with a big shortage on the left-flank.

Regardless, it’s a blow for Mikey. He can’t allow this season to simply pass him by. Fingers crossed he recovers from his latest blow swiftly. Injuries won’t do anything positive for him when it comes to rebuilding his Celtic career.

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