Mikey Johnston may not be the answer for Celtic, but some of the abuse he receives is out of order…
Mikey Johnston was handed a rare opportunity yesterday as Brendan sent him on as we searched for the breakthrough at Easter Road. It was the first time he’d played for Celtic in 19 months.and the winger’s first appearance in a Celtic shirt since his loan spell in Portugal with Vitoria Guimaraes.
His performance wasn’t any worse than the other players on the pitch, but Mikey seemed to get much more stick. I like most Celtic supporters don’t think Mikey is going to make it at Celtic. He is a talented player, who will make a decent living from the game, but sadly that won’t be at Celtic.
He’s not a youngster anymore he’s 24, and lacks the consistency and fitness to compete at Celtic. His days are probably numbered as a Celtic player but then again Brendan Rodgers might just work his magic and may just think that he can get the best of a player who was very highly rated by the club during the manager’s first spell in charge.
But does that make the abuse he receives justified? No of course not. Criticism is fine, but some of the abuse Mikey is subjected to is out of order. Particularly on social media. You’d think Mikey was responsible for all the worls wrongs if you read some of the comments about him, particularly on Twitter or is it X? Those who use that social media platform will know what I mean. We’ve all seen it.
Mikey whether we like it or not, is still a Celtic player. That’s Brendan’s decision not ours. We should respect that, and criticise by all means, but it should always be remembered that there is a fine line between fair criticism of a player and the horrible abuse that was thrown his way yesterday.
Here’s a few sensibles post on X worth sharing…
Predictably, Mikey Johnston getting all the stick. Not because he performed worse than anyone else, he did more than most when he came on, but some people just need a f****** scapegoat.
If it wasn't him it would be Turnbull, Ralston or Forrest.
— Stein Reigned Supreme (@SteinReigned) October 28, 2023
Say what you want about the players that finished the match today for Celtic, but Forrest and Johnston did more in their time on the pitch than Palma and Maeda.
Just a bad day at the office, that’s it.
— Ryan McGinlay (@TheRyanMcGinlay) October 28, 2023
See tbf to Mikey Johnston today, he's an easy target. Folk have an opinion of him and they won't budge, even if he grabbed the winner today many fans first reaction would be "aye but he's still pish"
— P*** 'Ace' McQ**** 🇸🇦 (@Queenmachine88) October 28, 2023
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