MIKEY JOHNSTON hasn’t played for Celtic since the 2-0 win at Ibrox on September 1 – and Neil Lennon has admitted he is worried about the winger’s prolonged absence.

The Scotland Under-21 starlet was originally ruled out for three weeks, but there has been no sign of a return for the enterprising forward.

Lennon, speaking to the Scottish Sun, said: “Mikey is still struggling with the hip and groin area. It’s a bit of a concern. We’ve missed that dynamism.

“He’s a bit frustrated as it’s been so slow, but it’s not going to be long-term.”

Johnston has impressed the Hoops boss since the Irishman returned as gaffer in February.

His form kept the experienced Scott Sinclair on the sidelines and the youngster started the Scottish Cup Final win over Hearts at Hampden on May 25 before coming off with an injury to be replaced by the Englishman.

He had made certain of a starting place in the historic confrontation that sealed the treble treble by taking centre stage against the Tynecastle outfit the previous week by claiming both goals in a 2-1 triumph that brought down the curtain on the eighth successive title victory.

Johnston kept his position at the start of the new campaign and scored the first Premiership goal of the term in the 7-0 triumph over St Johnstone at Parkhead in August.

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