Alan Hutton admits it is disappointing to see Celtic winger Mikey Johnston ruled out of action for a number of months but says he will come back firing when he is fit.

The former Rangers and Scotland international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the attacking starlet is someone who is clearly admired not only by the supporters but by manager Neil Lennon.

The Northern Irish boss was quoted as saying he will have to make do without the 20-year-old for as long as three months after suffering a serious injury in the win over St Johnstone last month.

Hutton says that the youngster is a player who is exciting to watch and that his absence will be felt by both his teammates and the fans in the stands.

Hutton told Football Insider: “He’s gone off with a knee problem and it’s very disappointing.

“He’s definitely that guy that gives you a little bit extra like he can on his day. He gets the bums off the seats and it seems the fans like him, Neil Lennon trusts him.

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“He played in the final and all that so it’s going to be difficult for him but he’s young, he’s just willing to improve and he just looks like a really good lad to be honest but I’m sure he’ll come back fitter and stronger and get his chance again.”

Johnston has played a total of 21 times for the Hoops this season, scoring six goals and chipping in with a further six assists.

His breakthrough season came last term with 23 appearances across all competitions, although only 11 of those came in the starting XI.

In other Hoops news, Noel Whelan has made a stunning £35m Celtic-PL club transfer claim.