Mikey Johnston is set to miss out for Celtic this weekend due to an injury picked up in the top of the table clash with Rangers, as reported in The Daily Record.
Johnston was sent home from international duty with the Scotland under 21 squad after suffering a groin injury against Rangers before the break from domestic football. Thankfully for Celtic fans the talented youngster believes he’ll only miss this weekend’s fixture with Hamilton.
He said: “I’ve just got a groin strain so I’ll miss the weekend’s game (at Hamilton) but I’ll hopefully be back after that”
He had reported for duty with the Scotland youth team before being sent back to his parent club for treatment after it was established that he wouldn’t recover in time. Scotland U21 coach, Scott Gemmil was disappointment but stated it was “an opportunity for someone else”.
Johnston has had a solid start to the season with three goals and four assist in just over 700 minutes of competitive football. Producing a goal or assist every game so far is a solid progression from last season’s tally of five goals an one assist from twenty three appearances. There will be a space in Celtic’s attack so, who will replace Johnston in the starting line-up?
The most likely outcome for this weekend is that Celtic play with a front three of James Forrest, Odsonne Edouard and Ryan Christie with Olivier Ntcham, Callum McGregor and Scott Brown making up the midfield. Ntcham and McGregor would be given license to control the play in the final third with Scott Brown, dictating from deep. Despite starting only 53% of Celtic’s league minutes this season he has still managed one goal and two assists in four games. His restricted game time is maybe still a hangover from his comments in the summer.
There has been recent speculation about the return of Scott Sinclair to the first team with both the player’s attitude improving and Neil Lennon being tipped to offer an olive branch as reported by Football Insider.
A player with sixty goals in his last three season would slot seamlessly into Celtic’s shape on the left-hand side of the attack having performed well there on numerous occasions – whether or not his attitude is right remains to be seen. Sinclair has been there and done it as a key player in the “Treble Treble” winning side, if he wants a new contract or to move to another club, he has to be playing, the question is – can and will Lennon trust him?