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

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.

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.

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.

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