Mikey Johnston suggests he's had no assurances about his Celtic place

Neil Lennon, head coach of CFR Cluj, in action during the game  during the UEFA Champions League 2019

The Celtic winger picked up a minor injury while on international duty this week.

Mikey Johnston of Celtic vies with Mateo Susic of CFR Cluj during the UEFA Champions League, third qualifying round, second leg match between Celtic and CFR Cluj at Celtic Park on August...

Mikey Johnston knows that he has to keep producing if he is to bat away competition for a place in Celtic's starting eleven.

Johnston has started eight games for Celtic this season across all competitions and has repaid the faith shown in him by Neil Lennon with three goals and four assists so far.

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But the 20-year-old will miss the Bhoys' trip to Hamilton this weekend with a groin strain, opening the door to one of the many other wingers on the books at Parkhead - with Jonny Hayes arguably his most likely replacement.

 

And asked if he has received any assurances from Lennon about his position, Johnston told Celtic's official Youtube channel: "I think everyone's got to earn their place and if I'm not playing well then I'm not going to play but if I keep producing and scoring goals and getting assists then hopefully I'll play."

Johnston also said: "The gaffer always sort of gives me a lot of confidence. He's always giving me advice. And people like Damien Duff and John Kennedy - I'm always trying to learn wee bits and bobs off everyone and add stuff to my game."

Mohamed Elyounoussi during a Southampton FC training session at the Staplewood Campus on August 29, 2019 in Southampton, England.

As well as Hayes, Johnston and James Forrest have Lewis Morgan, Scott Sinclair and the new Celtic recruit, Mohamed Elyounoussi, to contend with.

And that is not all, with Marian Shved and Daniel Arzani set to rival the sextet once they return to fitness.

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