The career of Mikey Johnston has flattered to deceive on many an occasion at Celtic with several Hoops managers now failing to get the best from him at Parkhead.
Whether that is down to the coaching, the player, or positional rivals is very much a cause for debate.
This term, the 22-year-old has had to compete with the likes of Jota, Liel Abada and even Kyogo Furuhashi on the flanks meaning game time has been severely limited.
However, he has very rarely grabbed his opportunity with both hands. After Jota was ruled out through injury, Ange Postecoglou challenged the young Scot to grab the bull by the horns.
“Ultimately, we need guys like Mikey and Liel (Abada) to step up, that’s why they’re here at the club.
“And if the opportunity exists for them it’s up to them to take it,” the Australian said.
However, just as a chance presents itself, Johnston is out injured again. He missed the club’s last gasp win over Ross County last night and after that, there should really be no way back for the Celtic man in Glasgow.
Should Celtic sell Johnston?
In the words of Frank McAvennie, this is a problem that’s been going on “for years now.”
He told Football Insider this week: “He’s barely getting a game and when he does play he is really struggling.
“Sell him. I would like to see him moved on for the benefit of his own career. Ange gave him a chance with Jota out and he’s not done anything.
“Some fans might disagree but he’s simply not good enough for what Ange is trying to build.”
It’s hard to disagree with those sentiments. Johnston has scored just 11 times in his Hoops career and is yet to find the net for Postecoglou this term.
He may only earn a weekly salary of £7.9k-per-week but that money is surely better spent on someone of greater quality or even a player who doesn’t take up so much time with the physios.
It seems harsh but ultimately, the winger has not delivered on the pitch with his performances or with his fitness.
After breaking on the scene in 2018, divisive figure Chris Sutton tweeted the following: “Is Mikey Johnston the new Ryan Christie? Celtic’s fringe players at the start of the season coming to the fore when it counts.”
Sadly, he has not stood up and been counted on too many occasions since and just like Christie, he must seek a new club.
AND in other news, Forget Abada: Celtic gem who won 67% duels proved he’s now someone “Ange can’t ignore”…