Mikey Johnston has played down his current injury and said he hopes to be back for Celtic as early as next week.
The winger was forced to withdraw from the Scotland under-21 squad with an unknown problem, just days after playing the majority of the Hoops’ win at Ibrox.
But now he’s given a brief injury update to the Sunday Post, and it makes for good reading for Celtic fans.
Johnston said: “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.”
Johnston injury doesn’t seem too serious
While Johnston’s admission that he’ll miss Saturday’s match in Lanarkshire isn’t exactly good news, the fact that he’s hoping to be back soon after that is at least promising.
Celtic’s next game following the clash at Hamilton is against French top-flight side Rennes next Thursday. Neil Lennon will need all the firepower he can get for that tough looking test, so having Johnston available would be a big boost.
New recruit Mohamed Elyounoussi is perhaps the most likely to take Johnston’s left-wing berth this weekend and the Norwegian could certainly play himself into Lennon’s plans for Rennes with a good showing.
Celtic fans will be really excited to see the former Basel man in action and it should add a nice new element to Saturday’s intriguing clash.
As for Johnston, the sooner we can get him back on the pitch the better.