Watching Alistair Johnston celebrate Celtic’s Scottish Cup semfinal triumph over Rangers on crutches last weekend may have been a funny image to some, but to Canadian soccer fans it sparked fear that Canada could be without one of their most important defenders during a crucial summer with two major tournaments to play.

According to reports in Scotland the ankle injury could see the 24-year-old miss just three to four weeks of action.

Breathe Canada.

How Johnston’s ankle responds to treatment will of course determine how fast he gets back on the pitch, but Celtic are hopeful by that prognosis because it could mean the Canadian is fit in time for the Scottish Cup final, which Celtic will play against Inverness Caledonian Thistle on June 3, hours before the Manchester Derby FA Cup final at Wembley.

The injury came during Johnston’s fourth Glasgow Derby since his winter move to Celtic and, as he always does against Rangers, he performed very well in what finished as a 1-0 Celtic victory in the Scottish Cup semi-final. Johnston kept Rangers winger Ryan Kent so quiet that Rangers substituted him off at half-time. But the Canadian limped off injured shortly after half-time after he was unable to continue following a collision with Borna Barisic.

Celtic can clinch their second straight Scottish Premiership title this weekend with they visit Hearts.