Celtic manager Neil Lennon should be aiming to get Mikey Johnston into the squad against Motherwell.
The Steelmen travel to Parkhead on Sunday in a top three Premiership clash. Steven Robinson’s men are flying this season and are aiming for a Europa League spot.
Some of the Hoops players will need a rest because of their European adventures meaning a possible return for Johnston.
Neil Lennon must put Mikey Johnston in for Celtic vs Motherwell
Nobody has really heard from this season’s breakthrough man since his injury in September.
Johnston is quietly working his way through rehab but was spotted on the subs bench last Saturday.
The Celts were on top to beat Hibernian in the Scottish League Cup semi-final. However, Johnston didn’t make an appearance but his sub showing proves he is winning his battle.
The 20-year-old left-winger should be aiming to make somewhat of an appearance against Motherwell. His direct competitor Mohamed Elyounoussi will no doubt be playing the full 90 against Lazio on Thursday. There will be a lot of tired legs due to the nature of the game, hence Johnston’s an ideal man to come in.
Even to get his fitness up, he can come off in the second half for the likes of Elyounoussi or Lewis Morgan.
One thing is for sure, and that is Johnston is the future on the left.
Hoops kid deserves to keep his spot
Before the injury, the left of midfield was Johnston’s to lose. It was only through this injury that he was forced to give it up and it is now Elyounoussi’s. The £16 million man on loan from Southampton is having a flyer and some Celts want to keep him.
However, the supporters need to be realistic to see that it’s possible a move can’t come to fruition.
Johnston is young and raw but has the capabilities to be just as good if not even better than Elyounoussi. He is a Celtic player and is a supporter which makes the bond even closer between fan and club.
It’ll be an interesting contest this season to see comes out on top as first choice with both men fit. Nevertheless, Johnston shouldn’t be thrown by the wayside and deserves his chance to play.