Mikey Johnston is facing at least another month out of action.
The winger suffered a knee injury during a substitute appearance at St Johnstone in January and has missed out on all of Celtic’s pre-season preparations.
Moi Elyounoussi’s arrival on loan from Southampton has given Neil Lennon a very obvious option on the left wing but the return of Johnston would be very welcome with Celtic facing a very heavy run of fixtures after a five month break from competitive action.
The Sun reports:
MIKEY JOHNSTON is a major doubt for Celtic’s Champions League qualifying campaign.
SunSport understands the Hoops winger is facing a further spell on the sidelines with a calf injury. Neil Lennon revealed last week that Johnston was set to see a specialist in a bid to cure the problem.
But the 21-year-old is now expected to be out until at least September in a blow for the Celtic boss.
Johnston only started four SPFL matches last season but also made seven substitute appearances. Tellingly one of those appearances was in the September win at Ibrox.
With Jonny Hayes, Scott Sinclair and Lewis Morgan leaving the club this year Neil Lennon is short of options on the left with Ewan Henderson playing there in the pre-season matches.
Johnston has shown incredible bursts of ability but really need a long injury free run to allow his talent to fully develop.