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Has Mikey Johnston played his last game for Celtic this season?

22nd December 2018, Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Celtic versus Dundee; Michael Johnston of Celtic scores for 2-0 in the 50th minute

Old Firm to anonymous? Celtic youngster Mikey Johnston could seriously struggle for minutes this season.

Glasgow , United Kingdom - 20 May 2018; James McClean of Republic of Ireland XI in action against Michael Johnston of Celtic during Scott Brown's testimonial match between Celtic and...

Only last month Celtic starlet Mikey Johnston could have been forgiven for thinking that it was his time to shine.

The 19-year-old scored his second and third senior goals in Celtic's 3-0 win over Dundee on December 22, having opened his account against Motherwell a few days earlier.

With Odsonne Edouard carrying a knock, Brendan Rodgers then started him up front in the Old Firm defeat at Rangers on December 29.

Okay so he didn't have a cracking game at Ibrox - what visiting player did? - but things were still looking up as far as his Hoops career went.

Fast forward a few weeks and it's not a stretch to suggest that Johnston might not play again this season - and definitely not as a striker.

 

Rodgers has signed two centre-forwards in the form of Timothy Weah and Vakoun Issouf Bayo, meaning that the teenager is probably Celtic's fifth-choice striker when Leigh Griffiths returns.

And the signing of Oliver Burke means that Johnston is also well down the pecking order in terms of left-wing options, with Burke and Scott Sinclair ahead of him.

Rodgers, who called him a 'huge talent' last month [BBC Sport], has also ruled out a loan move for the youngster in recent weeks.

It could be a very long and very quiet last five months of a season that promised much more for Johnston only last month.

22nd December 2018, Celtic Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Celtic versus Dundee; Michael Johnston of Celtic scores for 2-0 in the 50th minute

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