Former Celtic striker Frank McAvennie has told Mikey Johnston to seek a move to another club because he believes the winger doesn’t have ‘what it takes’ to succeed at Parkhead.
It’s not the first time McAvennie has questioned the 22-year-old. Back in October, he said that Johnston didn’t a long-term future at Celtic for the player he called a ‘part-timer’.
Having missed more than a month at the start of the season, the winger has only started three Premiership matches under Ange Postecoglou, although he has made eight appearances from the bench.
McAvennie has said that Johnston finds himself in limbo, being ‘too good for the bench’ but not at the level required to start for Celtic. The 62-year-old duly believes that the winger could be better suited, to the sides competing for European qualification rather than the Premiership title.
He told Football Insider: “I think if he went to Aberdeen or Hibs or Hearts, he would be a better player.
“I don’t think he has what it takes. He’s too good for the bench but not good enough for the first team.
“He’s a bit-part player and I don’t want a player like that at my club.”
Is McAvennie’s assessment fair? Possibly – Johnston has often struggled to make an impact when given the chance.
The 22-year-old is yet to find the net this season despite taking 2.3 shots per game, with SofaScore listing finishing as one of his big weaknesses.
Worryingly for him, two of Celtic’s reported January targets – Daizen Maeda and Reo Hatate – can play on the left wing. That may push him further down the pecking order under Postecoglou, so perhaps he should be asking his agent to seek out other opportunities if he can’t forge a consistent place in the Hoops’ first XI.
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