Mikey Johnston’s international future is secured but winger faces nervous wait over Celtic fate

Mikey Johnston’s International future has been secured with the attacker declaring allegiance to Ireland. The 23-year-old is set to be called up to Stephen Kenny’s squad for the games against Latvia and France. However, his future at Celtic seems slightly more uncertain.

Johnston is currently on loan at Vitoria Guimaraes but will return to the Scottish Champions at the end of the season when his spell in Portugal ends. Until then, the Celtic winger will be hoping to showcase to Ange Postecoglou that he has a future in Glasgow’s East End.

20th November 2021; Hampden Park, Glasgow City, Scotland; Scottish League Cup semi-final, Celtic versus St Johnstone; Mikey Johnston of Celtic and Lars Dendoncker of St Johnstone on the ball

Johnston has had a terrible time in recent seasons with persistent injury problems. The winger never really impressed in the limited run-outs he’s managed under Postecoglou. It was clear that there was a talented player there but not consistently enough for Ange, who has been ruthless with players since arriving.

Ange told a recent media conference that a decision on the former Scotland youth prospect would be taken at the end of the season.

“Hopefully for him that gives him all of the things he is looking for in his career. In terms of beyond that, he is playing more regularly.

“We needed him to play more regular football and he is doing that. At the end of the year we will look at it and decide what is best for his future.”

It made sense to switch Glasgow for Portugal in the hunt of regular football. In twenty-two appearances, Johnston has scored three times and assisted three times. Given his age, he still has a lot of football ahead of him and the time away from Celtic will surely enhance his abilities. It will likely be of some concern to MJ that Celtic have a wealth of wide options at the manager’s disposal. Daizen Maeda, Jota, Liel Abada, James Forrest and Sead Haksabanovic are all battling for the two wide positions in Ange’s team.

5th December 2021; Tannadice Park, Dundee, Scotland: Scottish Premier League football, Dundee United versus Celtic: Paul McMullan of Dundee United and Mikey Johnston of Celtic

Given that Hakšabanović and Abada are having to make do from the bench, you struggle to see where Johnston fits into plans going forward. Eyebrows were raised when Oh took Johnston’s Number 19 shirt, suggesting that the writing may very well be on the wall.

It will be interesting to see what happens in the next few months in Portugal as Johnston fights for his Celtic future.


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Born just as Celtic were stopping the Ten, Lubo98 follows Celtic home and away and helps run his local Celtic Supporters Club. He goes to all the games and is a Law Graduate. Has a particular fondness for Tom Rogic among the current Celts and both Lubo and Henrik form his earliest Celtic memories.

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  1. Mikey will be at Celtic-FC_1888 next season he just had to get games under his belt there no doubting his footballing skills it’s his team play meaning using his team mates passing tracking back he was never fit to run non stop for say 70 mins forrest dosent tackle he will tail a player back but won’t put a challenge in angie want have players who want work up and down the park no passengers cause they are ball players hence rogic