Celtic winger Mikey Johnston had a game to forget as the Hoops failed to break down a stubborn St Mirren side on Wednesday evening.
The 22-year-old played the full 90 minutes in the 0-0 draw, without making any real impact on the match, and many supporters on Twitter are asking why he is being handed opportunities by manager Ange Postecoglou:
How many chances has he had. Time for him to go
— JJ (@Dunn50669720J) December 22, 2021
No end product
— J.P.Mullen-Celtic fc (@Buzzbomb11) December 22, 2021
Hate to criticise a young player but he has had more than enough chances
— Blair Aquinas (@BillingsgateBob) December 22, 2021
I’m going to be seeing him sign for Livingston, about his level ☘️
— Lisbon Lion (@lion_lisbon) December 23, 2021
Honestly cannot believe Moffat came off and he stayed on. Incredibly frustrating.
— Mental As Anything CSC (@MrCliftonville) December 22, 2021
Surely he’s nearly done. How much longer are we paying a wage for an empty jersey for him
— TheParkheadPope (@Alex85459654861) December 22, 2021
Mikey Johnston always looks like a good player when he comes on and we’re 3-0 up but in a game where he needs to get stuck in to change the game for us he never ever does.
— PopeLorenzo (@PopeLorenzo1) December 22, 2021
Waste of a Jersey. Always flatters to deceive. No heart, no effort and not good enough.
— Tony (@ferns_tony) December 22, 2021
While it is not an excuse for Johnston’s poor form, there is no doubt that his injury problems over the past few seasons have affected his development.
Having started him in the Scottish League Cup final and again at St Mirren Park, it seems Postecoglou does believe he merits being picked ahead of the likes of Adam Montgomery.
At the moment, though, despite being given chances, he is failing to impress. Of course, when the likes of Jota, James Forrest and Kyogo Furuhashi are all available, Johnston will probably not get a look in.