Neil Lennon has disclosed that Mikey Johnston still has a bit to go yet until he can be considered for selection for the Celtic first-team, making the comment whilst appearing on Celtic’s YouTube channel.
Whilst some of Celtic’s long-term injury victims will be available soon, Christopher Jullien for example, Lennon refused to confirm when the winger can make his first appearance of the season.
“A bit more time”
“We’ll be doing some physical testing with him over the next couple of days, to see if there’s been an improvement in his speed, he’s still got a bit of work to do, he’s been out such a long time, he’s had surgery, he’s back training, just not at the level we know he can reach to, that’s going to take a bit more time” Lennon said, whilst appearing on Celtic’s YouTube channel.
It is understandable why Lennon does not want to rush the player back. After all, Johnston has not kicked a ball for Celtic since January.
However, it is a tad frustrating that the player is still a bit away from a first-team return. It was always going to take a while though, especially when you consider that Johnston did need to have surgery.
The player himself must be frustrated as well. With James Forrest still out he is missing out on replacing the Hoops regular in the first-team.
Good news could come from tests
Still, it is better to be safe than sorry. Perhaps some good news will come from the tests that the player is set to undergo.
Maybe they will show that the player has increased his speed and strength, and is not far away from a first-team return.
For now though, the 21-year-old’s wait for a first-team return goes on. Hopefully when he does return he makes the most of it. Johnston could be an important player for the Hoops when he recovers from this long injury process.
In other news, Neil Lennon has been praised by a Hibernian player.