Celtic’s Mohamed Elyounoussi has been one of the Hoops form players in the last few months. That is why he was recently named as the Premiership player of the month for October.
However, as reported by the Scottish Sun, the attacker is ‘a doubt’ for Saturday’s match against Livingston with a foot injury he suffered in the Betfred Cup semi-final.
The Hoops would certainly miss Elyounoussi’s guile and creativity if he can’t take part against Livingston. However, the blow could be lessened if Elyounoussi’s absence coincided with Mikey Johnston’s return to the side.
Not played for three months
Johnston has not featured for Celtic since he helped the Hoops defeat Rangers at Ibrox at the start of September. The Hoops starlet, who is still just 20, turned in a fine display in the high pressure game, providing an assist for Odsonne Edouard in the 2-0 win.
However, despite making the bench in the aforementioned Betfred Cup semi-final, injuries have meant that Johnston has not featured for the Hoops.
Was in excellent form at start of season
He can provide the creativity that Celtic may be lacking in Elyounoussi’s absence. It should not be underestimated how well that Johnston started the season.
Before his injury, Johnston had scored three goals and had four assists in 10 games. He was on the way to becoming a first-team regular.
However, his injury has arguably seen Elyounoussi take his place in the first-team. A return for Johnston could not only show that he deserves to be in the first-team, but provide yet more competition in the Celtic side.
With Celtic having 11 fixtures before the winter break, there is no doubt that should Johnston return from injury soon he will be involved in the first-team.
Hopefully that return happens against Livingston. Would it be a gamble to start him in that game? Perhaps it would. But he could be a more than welcome replacement for Elyounoussi, should he miss the game.