CELTIC will almost certainly be without Alistair Johnston for the Premiership match against St Mirren at Parkhead on Wednesday.

The Canadian World Cup right-back had to be removed from the action in the 26th minute with suspected concussion during the goalless draw with Hibs at Easter Road yesterday.

Johnston was in direct line of a clearance from Rocky Bushiri and was hit full on the face with the ball.

GAME OVER…Alistair Johnston holds his face as he is led off by the Celtic medics at Easter Road.

He was treated immediately on the pitch by the Hoops medics and attempted to continue, but it became obvious he was struggling and he was taken off to be replaced by Anthony Ralston.

Brendan Rodgers, quizzed on the player’s condition by BBC Sportsound, answered: “I just spoke to the medical team and they said he is fine.

“It was just at that moment he just felt a wee bit funny.

“But I think overall he is fine.”

However, guidelines indicate Johnston will not be risked against the Paisley club in midweek – and could even be out for THREE weeks.

RISE AND SHINE…Brendan Rodgers watches as Anthony Ralston challenges Hibs’ Jordan Obita to a high ball.

Updated rules issued in April this year state: “Anyone with suspected concussion must be immediately removed from football, rugby and other sports and rest for at least 24 hours, under new guidance for grassroots clubs.

“Players should not return to competitive sport for at least 21 days.”

The medics, though, could stress Johnston was only taken off following suspected concussion which may just see him miss the midweek encounter as a precaution.


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