Si Ferry reveals Mikey Johnston's class out of hours dedication to Celtic comeback

By John McGinley

December 28, 2020

Former Celtic youth player Si Ferry has revealed the lengths that Mikey Johnston is going to in his effort to make a comeback from injury.

Johnston is only just returning to Celtic action from the bench after a ten-month layoff due to a knee injury sustained against St Johnstone.

He’s yet to start a game this season but has looked bright in his recent cameo appearances.

Ferry was speaking on The Go Radio Football Show tonight and had a brilliant story about Johnston’s dedication to progress.

The Open Goal host said: “For any young kid listening, here is one for you.

“Mikey Johnston stays the street down from me with his mum and dad. I drive home from here at 7:30-8 at night, and Mikey Johnston is out in the public parks practicing.

“He’s up with a ball at the Stepps playing fields smashing balls about. So there you go. That’s why he is where he is obviously, isn’t it?”

On the Celtic cusp

It surely won’t be long before seeing Johnston named in one of Neil Lennon’s starting elevens?

Slowly but surely he’s getting back to full match fitness. Celtic aren’t exactly blessed will loads of options on the wingers either.

Johnston is a rare talent and can add something unique to Lennon’s attack.

His skill on the ball is undoubted, and he’s already proven he can provide a cutting edge final ball.

Neil Lennon subs on Celtic winger Mikey Johnston / (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The big challenge for him now is cementing himself as a Celtic regular again.

Extra training sessions in public parks only show his complete dedication to being a professional at the highest level in Scotland.

Hopefully, it’s an attitude that serves him well for a long time at his boyhood club.

In other news, Celtic face competition for the signature of Mark McKenzie.