Often forgot about but hearing of sporadically, Mikey Johnston scored again for his loan club Vitoria Guimaraes in the Portuguese league last night. The young winger has been trying to get himself into a position where he can challenge for spot in this current Celtic team. So far, so good as per his game time abroad.
The player has been heavily criticised in the past for his inability to stay fit and produce magic on a consistent basis. Sidelined several times through muscular injuries and hamstring problems, the Scotsman has never hidden his desire to remain at his boyhood club and fight for a place in the team.
When Ange spoke in the summer of his need to get regular, meaningful minutes, he also revealed that everyone – including himself – at the club think very highly of the winger and feel he is the right sort to make an impact at Celtic. His view was that some time away in a new place would do him the world of good. Not just for playing time, but crucially, confidence.
Well, it certainly looks like the home grown talent is finding his groove in the sunny climes of Portugal. His latest goal comes against FC Famalicão. Vitoria went 1-0 courtesy of a lovely strike from one of our own. If he keeps it up, we could well see another renaissance story beckoning in the green and white jersey.
Watch Mikey fire his side Vitoria in front from last night…
𝐄𝐬𝐭𝐚́ 𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐚𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐨 🎩
— Vitória Sport Clube (@VitoriaSC1922) October 31, 2022