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Celtic must finally axe Mikey Johnston this summer

Celtic headed into last weekend’s clash with the confidence of a 2-0 victory in midweek but the Hoops’ confidence could quite easily have been sapped away from them when Callum McGregor struck his penalty against the post.

It was an awful start for Ange Postecoglou’s Bhoys and at a stadium in the Tony Macaroni arena where their recent record is rather dismal, it didn’t bode well.

Yet, if there is one quality that the Australian has instilled in his players since taking the reins at Parkhead, it’s that the players should always press and never stop running.

He’s now found a tune out of James Forrest at long last too who bagged a rare goal this term to seal a 3-1 victory at Livi.

It’s safe to say that not everyone has found their feet under Postecoglou and one man who certainly hasn’t had his fair share of chances is Mikey Johnston.

In fact, you can argue that ever since Brendan Rodgers left for England, the Scot has struggled to ever make an impression.

Does Johnston have a future at Celtic?

No chance!

No chance!

Definitely!

Definitely!

Now at the age of 22, he is still a very young footballer but there is a growing sense that time is running out for somebody who is now behind Forrest, Jota, Liel Abada, Kyogo and Daizen Maeda for a place on the flanks.

Yet, with a contract until 2025, there is no easy way out, that’s unless Celtic sanction his departure in the summer.

It would be a surprise if the £10k-per-week earner ever found regular minutes in Glasgow and as a result, he must be axed from the side.

Once dubbed the “new Ryan Christie” all the way back in 2019 by Chris Sutton, his career has never taken off, largely due to injury.

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He has missed over 600 days of action including this term due to injuries and fitness in the last few years, meaning he’s been absent for a hugely concerning 74 fixtures as a result.

Now, axing him on that evidence would be rather harsh but the fact of the matter is that when he has played, the returns have been poor.

Last season, Johnston failed to find the net and indeed throughout 2021/22, he has not managed to beat the goalkeeper again.

A useful depth option but nothing more, he is far down on Postecoglou’s list of options and with impressive young players like Karamoko Dembele, Rocco Vata and Owen Moffat coming through, his future at Celtic looks bleak.

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