Mikey Johnston sounds on the brink of breakthrough into Neil Lennon's Celtic team

By John McGinley

January 8, 2021

Celtic youngster Mikey Johnston sounds hopeful of making a breakthrough into Neil Lennon’s team in the second half of the season.

The young winger spent the vast majority of 2020 on the sidelines after suffering a horror knee injury.

He made four substitute appearances in December but has yet to feature in a starting eleven.

His last start came at home to Ross County on 25th January 2020.

Now, it appears he is on the brink of coming back into starting contention.

Johnston was one of the players featured in the club’s Dubai coverage. After hard work with the rest of the first-team, he’s ready for the challenges ahead.

Speaking to Celtic TV, the 21-year-old said: “It makes me so happy being out on the pitch. Obviously, being out for so long was hard, and there was a lot of hard work that had to go in to get myself back where I am. I’m just happy to be back on the pitch with the boys again.

“The high-intensity sessions in Dubai have been hard. The heat definitely makes it harder, but the sessions were good. They were really competitive, and the boys worked really hard.

“The defeat at Ibrox was a tough one to take, but everyone was out there with a good mindset and working hard every day. We’ve got a lot of games coming up after the break, and the camp was a great opportunity to get fit, work really hard, and I think we made the most of it.”

Reset moment for Mikey Johnston and Celtic

The short break in the middle east isn’t just a reset moment for Celtic, but Johnston too.

He’s made 52 appearances in total for the Bhoys. While he’s impressed in spells, he’s never truly managed to lock down a regular starting spot.

The Scotland U21 international has more to give beyond his 11 goals and eight assists, and hopefully, we see that between now and May.

Mikey Johnston in action for Celtic / (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Celtic may have little hope of winning the Scottish Premiership but with a Scottish Cup to play for and next season to build towards, it’s young players such as Johnston I want to see given opportunities.

It’d be fantastic to see him in Neil Lennon’s starting side against Hibs on Monday night.

In other news, Ally McCoist is upset with Celtic.