Celtic boss Neil Lennon admits the incident surrounding Mikey Johnston and Celtic’s last substitution last night was “annoying” for him.
The Hoops were 3-0 up and coasting at McDiarmid Park as Lennon prepared to make his final change of the evening.
Patryk Klimala was about to replace Odsonne Edouard just as Johnston went down with an injury.
Lennon postponed the sub, checking if the winger was okay, before getting the go ahead to make the change.
Minutes later Johnston came off the pitch, reducing the team to ten men, in an incident that Lennon thinks the youngster should learn from. (via Celtic Official YouTube channel)
Lennon said: “It was annoying for me because we were making a substitution and he was saying ‘yeah I’m alright to carry on’.
“But obviously, quite clearly after a couple of minutes that wasn’t the case, and we’d already made the substitution.
“So yeah, it was a learning experience if you want to call it that.”
Lennon is likely to have given Johnston an earful
It’s clear that the incident is nowhere near as big as some of the tabloids were making out.
However, Lennon was clearly a bit peeved with the youngster for not putting the team’s needs before his own.
If in doubt, Johnston should’ve said he wasn’t okay to continue and come off the park, allowing Lennon to make his final change and keep eleven men on the pitch.
Hopefully the Scotland youth international isn’t out for too long, although the early prognosis isn’t too good.
This season threatened to be a big one for Johnston, given how he started, but injuries have so far curtailed his overall campaign despite some moments of individual brilliance along the way.
And while he is recuperating physically, he may be having a think about some learning he can do upstairs too.