Ange Postecoglou has dropped a promising injury update regarding Celtic winger Mikey Johnston.
In recent comments on the club’s YouTube channel (cited by 67hailhail), the 56-year-old confirmed that, after featuring in Celtic B’s 5-0 win over Partick Thistle in the Glasgow Cup earlier this week, the forward will be available for the Scottish Cup quarter-final clash with Dundee United on Monday, having been out of action since limping off against Raith Rovers in mid-February,
Speaking about the current condition of the former Scotland under-21 international, Postecoglou said: “Mikey missed a couple of weeks. Mikey, Karamoko [Dembele], Johnny [Kenny] got some game-time and they’re available. That means they got through the game okay.
“They obviously had [Thursday] off because they played but they’ll be back training with us on Saturday and they’re available. Mikey is in the same boat as everyone else. To be fair, it’s not easy because if you come to our training at the moment, I’ve got an easy job. I could probably pick two or three different XIs and still come out looking like a genius.”
While Johnston is not exactly a guaranteed starter for Postecoglou, the reports that he now appears to have recovered from his injury will nevertheless come as a huge boost to the Celtic manager and the Parkhead fan base.
Indeed, with the Bhoys still battling in both the Scottish Cup and the Premiership title race, rotation will be necessary for the 56-year-old over the season’s run-in over the coming months, should Postecoglou wish to give his side the best possible chance of sealing a domestic treble this term.
As such, with Kyogo Furuhashi still appearing to be some way off making a recovery of his own – which means that Daizen Maeda is required to fill in for his Japanese team-mate up front, instead of being utilised on the left wing – the fresh addition of Johnston to the manager’s options on the left of his front three is undoubtedly a huge bonus.