The Chalkboard: Mikey Johnston must feel hard done by after recent Celtic business

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has been busy during the early stages of the January transfer window after sealing loan deals for Oliver Burke and Timothy Weah and permanent move for Vakoun Issouf Bayo, but 19-year-old attacker Mikey Johnston must be feeling hard done by.

On the chalkboard

13 of the teenager’s 17 appearances for the Bhoys have come this season with many of those coming in recent weeks because of the absence of Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard from the starting XI, and he scored three goals in eight Scottish Premiership outings prior to the winter break.

Those goals came when he was playing in an unfamiliar centre-forward role given the 5ft 10in man usually plays from out wide, but his first-team opportunities may have just become even harder to come by in either of his preferred positions.

Rodgers now has Edouard, Weah and Bayo – as well as Griffiths if he returns this season – to choose from, while Weah can also play out wide along with Burke, James Forrest, Scott Sinclair, Lewis Morgan and Ryan Christie.

What does it mean for Johnston?

While the 19-year-old has enjoyed something of a breakthrough campaign at Celtic Park, he will surely be disappointed about the latest developments which have surely pushed him back down the pecking order.

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Two young players in Weah and Burke will certainly be favourites to start ahead of him, and while Johnston will understand that Rodgers felt that he needed to strengthen his squad to see off the potential threat of Rangers in the second-half of the campaign, it will be hard to take that he would rather use young players that aren’t Celtic players over him.