Fitness issues indicate that Mikey Johnston’s time at Celtic is coming to an end

Fitness issues – yet again point to Mikey Johnston having no future at the club. Yesterday Brendan Rodgers revealed that Mikey Johnston will miss up to three months due to back issues. It’s a severe blow to the winger as he aimed to battle for a place in the Celtic first team under the new Celtic manager after Ange Postecglou shipped him out to Portugal last season to work on his fitness and get game-time.

22nd March 2023 Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland: International Football Friendly, Republic of Ireland versus Latvia Mikey Johnston of Ireland thanking the fans after the full time whistle PUBLICATIONxNOTxINxUK ActionPlus12490040 PeterxFitzpatrick

Sadly it won’t come as a surprise to many Celtic supporters as we all know that Mikey is as injury prone as any player on Celtic’s books in recent years. He’s simply does not have the body to keep up with the physical demands of being a Celtic player.

That’s not a dig at Mikey it’s just a fair and reasonable, honest truth. Like most Celtic supporters I’d have loved to have seen him make the grade at Celtic, but sadly it’s never happened and it looks like it never will.

19th December 2021; Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Scottish League Cup final, Hibernian versus Celtic: Mikey Johnston of Celtic on the ball

He’s a talented player that’s not in question, but the evidence is clear for all to see. He can’t cope with the pressure of playing for the club mentality and physically, look at his injury record, it’s clear as day.

Mikey is 24 now, he’s not a youngster anymore. Players like Callum McGregor and James Forrest were established first team players at that age. Mikey is talented but unfortunately he hasn’t proved his worth at the club and it’s highly likely he never will, sadly. His best bet is to get fit and look to move on elsewhere, because his future unfortunately isn’t at Celtic.

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  1. You are trying hard to cover it, but you are throwing him under the bus. An injury prone James Forest made it, right?

    • It’s a brutal game, Roy. Celtic gave Mikey a four year contract, despite his injury issues but these have never really gone way. Were I the value?

  2. Jim O'Rourke on

    With forest at least we saw he had the potential to be a good player and that definitely turned out to true, we sadly can’t say that about mikey because simply he’s never fit for us