Celtic winger Mikey Johnston will not feature in next week’s UEFA Champions League qualifying clash against FK Sarajevo, as reported by The Scottish Sun.
The 20 year-old, who scored the Hoops’ opening goal against the Bosnian champions on Tuesday night, had to be substituted off after picking up a knock, and Celtic manager Neil Lennon has confirmed he won’t feature in the second leg.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “Boli Bolingoli should be okay for Wednesday but Mikey Johnston will just miss out.”
It will now leave Lennon with something of a selection headache given Johnston was one of their most effective performers away from home, but he does have a number of options to fill in for the youngster.
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To date, Lewis Morgan has made just one start for Celtic and that came back in October when Brendan Rodgers was still in charge.
That was all he could manage during his half-season at the club before moving on loan to Sunderland in January.
However, he’s been part of Lennon’s pre-season plans and was the player that came off the bench for Johnston on Tuesday night, ahead of established star Scott Sinclair.
An effective presence on both flanks during his 25 minute cameo, he was the player who provided the assist for the team’s third goal of the night in the 3-1 victory.
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With Johnston confirmed to miss next week’s return leg, it could be a rare chance for the 22-year-old to start a game and impress his manager.
If he can dazzle in front of the home support then it’ll surely significantly boost his chances of more regular action in the months to come.