Celtic winger Mikey Johnston has declared himself injury-free after a season of fitness setbacks that impacted on his progress in Neil Lennon’s team.
Taking part in an official club Q+A session on Instagram, Johnston was asked about his current injury status.
He said: “Injury is fine now. Rehab wasn’t ideal with everything that’s gone on, but I’ve done everything I possibly can to come back stronger.”
The 21-year-old suffered the problem against St Johnstone in January, which the manager was none too happy with in his post-match press conference.
At the time, Lennon said, as quoted by BBC Scotland: “It will be long term. It was a bad twist.
“It looks like he has twisted the knee and there is a bit of swelling there and ligament damage.
“It was annoying for me because we were making a substitution and he’s saying he’s ok to carry on but quite clearly after a couple of minutes that wasn’t the case.
“We’d already made the substitution, so it’s a learning experience if you want to call it that.”
Thankfully, this issue appears to be behind Johnston and he’ll be hoping to renew his push for a regular place in Lennon’s team when football eventually returns.
The Scotland youth international could only manage 11 starts throughout the 2019/20 campaign with a further 10 appearances coming from the bench.
However, he still managed to contribute a fair amount, registering six goals and six assists in all competitions throughout the season.
Although inconsistent in terms of both fitness and form, he still has a future at Celtic Park if he manages to cope with the physical rigours of the Scottish game, especially if there’s a scaling back of the Hoops’ transfer business.