Mikey Johnston’s cameo against Ross County today was thoroughly impressive.
The left-winger managed to grab his second goal in two games after returning from the injury that kept him out of action since September. However, it was the confidence and class of the goal that really took everyone’s breath away.
Johnston collected a Greg Taylor ball before racing into the box from the left and confidently dispatching beyond Nathan Baxter. It rounded off a simply wonderful 18 minutes of action for Johnston, who has thrown himself back into first-team contention.
Sections of the support were certainly impressed with him too. Here’s a look at some of their reaction to his display today on Twitter:
— Dominik Diamond (@DominikDiamond) December 1, 2019
Mikey Johnston has contributed a goal or assist every 82.4 minutes this season. Better than any other Celtic player. pic.twitter.com/GXGpeawFwE
— Celtic Soccer Show (@CelticSoccrShow) December 1, 2019
I repeat. Michael Johnston is 10x the player of the £7m pretend gangster in Govan.
— Cal (@CMcCeltic) December 1, 2019
Frightening how good Mikey Johnston is currently and will only get better. Two games in a row now he's come on and had an instant impact by scoring a great goal.
— ᴘʜɪʟ ᴍᴄɢɪɴʟᴀʏ ⭐️ (@philbertosilva) December 1, 2019
Another excellent performance and result following a European fixture.
10 games in a row won and won with some style.
Johnston giving Lenny a real selection headache when Elyounoussi is back and fit 👀
— Celtic Nation – Bolingoli Chapter (@CelticNation67) December 1, 2019
If Celtic are going to play with a make shift striker then it should be Mikey Johnston what a player that Bhoy is
— Griff (@MildooWolf) December 1, 2019
Mikey Johnston > Paddy Roberts
— Daniel🇻🇦 (@DB___67) December 1, 2019
Mikey Johnston on the left next week up against Tavernier and we’re laughing
— Seán Markus Clifford (@seanmarkus_67) December 1, 2019
Mikey Johnston getting the Last Christmas song this year. Proud.
— Conor (@ConorM67_) December 1, 2019
A blockbuster return that nobody could’ve foreseen
We all knew that having Johnston back was going to be big for the club. As one of the posts highlights above, his stats this season were impressive before his unfortunate Ibrox injury. He also bagged a fine assist in that game too when he played Odsonne Edouard in.
However, despite his four goals and four assists in only 11 games this season (Transfermarkt), his impact since returning has been eye-opening.
The best compliment you can give Johnston just now is that he doesn’t look like a player who’s returning from injury. He instead looks as though he’s got momentum under his belt and has been playing consistently in recent weeks. That couldn’t be further from the truth.
Yet his two goals over the past three days have been all about his sharpness and speed on the ball. It’s fair to assume that we have Johnston back at more or less 100%.
The big question now is whether he gets the nod against Rangers. Neil Lennon confirmed after the County game that Mohamed Elyounoussi will hopefully be back in time for next weekend. However, if Johnston can produce against Hamilton in midweek once again, how can you leave him out?
He’s, at the very least, put his name in the discussion. Not many could’ve predicted that when he came on for the final stages of Thursday night’s win over Rennes.