Mikey Johnston is relishing the challenge of earning his way back into the Celtic first-team as the winger comes back from a long road of recovery.
The 21-year-old marked his return to Neil Lennon’s Celtic set-up in style as Johnston stepped up and netted a vital penalty to help the Hoops win their quadruple treble at Hampden against Hearts.
The young Hoops player aims to take the second part of this season by storm and help the Scottish Champions go on a winning run and hopefully cut the points gap between first and second place.
Mikey spoke with the Celtic press:
“It makes me so happy being out on the pitch,” said Johnston in an exclusive interview with Celtic TV. “Obviously, being out for so long was hard and there was a lot of hard work that had to in to get myself back where I am, so I’m just happy to be back on the pitch with the boys again.
“It can be frustrating, not being able to effect things on the pitch when you’re out, especially in the games where we’ve been struggling a bit recently. We weren’t even allowed to go to the games because of the COVID stuff, so that was tough, having to watch it from the couch in the house. It was tough, but I’m just happy to be back.
“I thought the penalty in the cup final would be a good way to bounce back after so long. I think it’d have been something I’d have regretted for the rest of my life if I didn’t take it, to score a penalty in a Scottish Cup final, so I’m just buzzing that I’ve done it.”
Speaking at the club’s mid-season training camp in Dubai, Johnston added: “The high-intensity sessions in Dubai have been hard. The heat definitely makes it harder, but the sessions were good, they were really competitive and the boys worked really hard.
“The defeat at Ibrox was a tough one to take, but everyone was out there with a good mind-set and working hard every day. We’ve got a lot of games coming up after the break and the camp was a great opportunity to get fit, work really hard and I think we made the most of it.”