Mikey Johnston shares reality of life at Celtic

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Celtic fans have already been left questioning whether the club made the right decision by loaning out Mikey Johnston to West Bromwich Albion in the middle of the season. While his performances in the first half of the campaign had been inconsistent, the Scot was someone who had shown flashes of brilliance from time to time. The Hoops do not have a lot of players at the moment who are doing that, as things continue to unravel.

On the other hand, Johnston has made a very bright start to life on loan at West Brom. He is getting consistent minutes in the Championship as the Baggies sit in the play-off spots.

Johnston already has a couple of goals to his name for West Brom. And both have been memorable ones. The first one came within the first minute against Cardiff City. The second was a mazy run from the Celtic loanee, as he went past several Plymouth Argyle defenders before finding the back of the net.

Celtic could certainly do with a moment of magic like that at the moment, with Brendan Rodgers' side struggling to break down opposition defences. And some of Johnston's recent comments about life at Parkhead are interesting.

Johnston shares reality of life at Celtic

As reported by Express & Star, Johnston said about life at Celtic:

"The pressure at Celtic is massive. It’s a massive club and I don’t think people realise how big the pressure is.

I’ve obviously been exposed to that from a young age. It’s definitely something I look forward to.

“I need the pressure to perform and we want to make the play-offs, which are big occasions and that’s the kind of games I want to play in."

Celtic are often not viewed as a massive club by many fans down south, because the Scottish Premiership is not the most popular league in the world. But it would be safe to say that it does not get much bigger than the Hoops.

There is the pressure to win almost every game and even a draw is viewed as a defeat on most days. And unfortunately, not everybody can thrive under such circumstances. As for Johnston, he is doing well at West Brom. Will that earn him another chance at Celtic next season or lead to a permanent exit in the summer?