Just 101 minutes action in 2019, Mikey Johnston should regret staying at Celtic

26th December 2017, Dens Park, Dundee, Scotland; Scottish Premier League football, Dundee versus Celtic; Celtic's Mikey Johnston is late in a challenge on Cammy Kerr

Johnston played 13 times for Celtic during the first half of the season.

3rd February 2019, McDiarmid Park, Perth, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, St Johnston versus Celtic;  Ewan Henderson, Mikey Johnston and Timothy Weah of Celtic chat on the pitch

Mikey Johnston will be wondering what he has done wrong of late, after breaking into the Celtic side and just as quickly being ousted from Brendan Rodgers' plans.

The 19-year-old attacker has managed just 101 minutes of senior football for Celtic since the turn of the year, despite featuring 13 times before the winter break and the January transfer window.

But in January, Vakoun Issouf Bayo, Oliver Burke and Timothy Weah all joined the Hoops and have revived Celtic's attack, winning seven on the bounce without conceding a goal.

 

Johnstone had previously impressed during the first half of the campaign, being given a run of games with Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard sidelined. He scored against Dundee, and a brace at home to Motherwell.

Now, he is struggling for game time at Celtic, and surely the youngster will be thinking a move away from Celtic on loan in January would have been more favourable.

At 19 years of age and 20 senior Celtic appearances, his next stage of development has to be regular first-team football. With Burke, Weah and Bayo above him, and Edouard returning from injury - Johnston has little chance of action.

Artak Dashyan of Alashkert  vies with Mikey Johnston of Celtic during the UEFA Champions League Qualifier between Celtic and Alashkert FC  at Celtic Park on July 18, 2018 in Glasgow,...

Breaking into Brendan Rodgers' starting eleven is now beyond Johnston between now and the end of the season, so it looks as though the odd substitute appearance will be the most he can hope for.

Surely going out on loan in January to a lower Scottish Premiership side, or even down south would have been more beneficial to both Johnston and Celtic. Instead, his development could now stutter by remaining at Celtic this month.

26th December 2017, Dens Park, Dundee, Scotland; Scottish Premier League football, Dundee versus Celtic; Celtic's Mikey Johnston is late in a challenge on Cammy Kerr

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