Mikey Johnston has opened up about the club’s failure to reach the Champions League for the second season running and how the players have been getting over the disappointment.

The little winger had a blistering start to the season and has dislodged mainstay Scott Sinclair from the first team since Neil Lennon came back in as Celtic manager.

The eagerness to play in the Champions League is there for all the bhoys but with the Cluj result done and dusted the team have reacted very well.

A thumping win against AIK followed by a 2-0 win at Ibrox has done the whole club a world of good. Things are looking up and Johnston can’t wait to play in the Europa League.

Speaking about the start to the season, Mikey was positive.

“It’s generally been a positive start to the season.” Johnston told CelticTV.

“Everyone was gutted we didn’t qualify for the Champions League group stage but we have picked ourselves up and done well since.

“Getting into the Europa group stage and beating Rangers at Ibrox has lifted the mood around the club.

“Celtic’s a club that needs European football. It’s where the fans want to see us doing well and we feel as if it’s been a good draw for us.

“The atmosphere at Celtic Park on European nights is second to none. That’s what the fans crave.”

Celtic open their Euro group away to Rennes next Thursday. Before then there’s a trip to Hamilton to negotiate.


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