Celtic return to league duty to face Ross County on Saturday but an increasingly important player will still be missing from the Hoops side.

Mikey Johnston is still out injured with a hip and groin injury that he picked up in the 2-0 win over Rangers at the start of September.

Neil Lennon has admitted that this is a source of frustration to both the player and the team, as they have missed the qualities he brings to the team.

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However, the Hoops boss is confident that Johnston will be back sooner rather than later for the Bhoys.

“A bit of a concern”

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“Mikey is still struggling with the hip and groin area. It’s a bit of a concern. We’ve missed that dynamism” Lennon said, as reported by the Scottish Sun.

“He’s a bit frustrated as it’s been so slow, but it’s not going to be long-term.”

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Lennon’s comments show how important Johnston has become to Celtic since the start of the season. It is now undeniable that the Hoops have missed the player in their recent performances.

Could have made difference in recent performances

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A player of Johnston’s calibre could have made the difference against both Hibs and Livingston in the games that the Hoops have recently dropped points in.

As Lennon says, the Hoops have missed the ‘dynamism’ that Johnston brings to the Celtic side. They have also missed the goals and assists he provides.

This season alone Johnston has scored three goals and provided four assists in just 10 games. It seems that when Johnston is once more fit, he will return to the Hoops starting line-up.

For now though, other players will have to step up in Johnston’s absence.

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