Neil Lennon comments on Mikey Johnston's performance

Neil Lennon, manager of Celtic poses with the Scottish Cup at the final whistle during the Scottish Cup Final between Heart of Midlothian FC and Celtic FC at Hampden Park on May 25, 2019...

Celtic played out a goalless draw with St Gallen earlier this week.

Neil Lennon, manager of Celtic poses with the Scottish Cup at the final whistle during the Scottish Cup Final between Heart of Midlothian FC and Celtic FC at Hampden Park on May 25, 2019...

Celtic boss Neil Lennon has told the Daily Record that he thinks Mikey Johnston is really banging on the door for playing time.

The Bhoys have been out in Austria starting their pre-season preparations, and headed over to Switzerland earlier this week to gear up for their Champions League qualifiers.

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Celtic put out a team to take on St Gallen's Under-21's on Tuesday, before then pitting their first teams against each other later in the day.

 

The game ended in a 0-0 draw, with fitness the main priority over a great performance, but some players will be bidding for playing time in the Champions League.

Celtic take on FK Sarajevo in the first leg of their first qualifying clash on Tuesday, and Mikey Johnston will be pushing to play.

The young attacker featured against St Gallen, and he seems to have left an impression on Lennon – at least with his quality rather than his fitness.

Mikey Johnston of Celtic celebrates scoring the winning goal during the Scottish Premier league match between Celtic and Hearts at Celtic Park on May 19, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Lennon has admitted that Johnston is banging on the door for playing time, noting that he was a threat against St Gallen before fading later in the game.

“Mikey will be banging on the door. I’m pleased with him. He has been a threat again in Switzerland before he faded,” said Lennon.

This isn't the first time Lennon has aired concerns about Johnston's fitness, and he may well feel that Johnston may be better coming off the bench rather than starting the game as a result.

Mikey Johnston of Celtic runs at James Tavernier and Joe Worrall of Rangers during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League between Celtic and at Ibrox Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Glasgow,...

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