Mikey Johnston has become something of a forgotten man during Celtic’s recent resurgence.

From being one crumb of comfort during Celtic’s barren spell, he has been left behind in recent weeks.

After a bright start, he has only made seven starts for Celtic this season.

Ryan Christie and Scott Sinclair have burst into the starting XI, leaving Johnston on the bench.

His substitute appearances have become less frequent too, with Lewis Morgan becoming the preferred option.

Johnston showed positive signs for Celtic earlier in the season.(photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

The time has come for Johnston to seriously consider leaving on loan to experience regular first team football.

The winger is definitely good enough to play for any of the other 11 Scottish Premiership sides. He could easily command a regular place in this league.

Aberdeen and Kilmarnock have taken Celtic players on loan in recent years. Ryan Christie and Kristoffer Ajer both returned to Celtic better players for their experiences.

Christie’s extended loan spell at Aberdeen did him the world of good. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Johnston should not discount dropping down a tier to the Scottish Championship either. He needs game time, wherever it is.

The winger has of course played in Europe this season, but that should not deter him from playing in a lower league.

One of his fellow wingers, Lewis Morgan, won his move to Celtic from his performances in the Scottish Championship.

Morgan made a name for himself in the Championship. (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

Make or break

At 19-years-old, Johnston needs to be playing every week to gauge where he’s at in his professional career.

If he can stay in the top flight at another club, he can show Celtic on a weekly basis why he should be at the club.

Or if he does drop down a division, he can show Celtic that he belongs at a higher level on a consistent basis.

It’s make or break time for Johnston. To prove he deserves to be at Celtic, he may have to prove it away from Parkhead.

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