All but three of the 20-year-old's appearances in a green-and-white shirt have come as a substitute, his most memorable moment coming as he stepped from the bench at Celtic Park to claim a superb last-gasp winner.
But now the former Manchester United youngster is growing weary of those who believe he influences matches more when introduced to the action than when he is on from the start, claiming he can't fathom how people can reach such a judgment without the benefit of seeing him get a prolonged run in the side.
Insisting he feels his own season so far has been "okay", the midfielder said: "Ideally, you would like to say you have played every minute of every game but that's unlikely to happen for everyone.
"For me, after last year, I want to feature more, to get more games under my belt and to preferably get myself into the starting XI."
Ascribing the description of "impact player" to former manager John Hughes' assessment of him, the Gala-born star told Hibernian Television: "Everyone has their opinion, that's football. But you do not want to be labelled that way, you want to play as much as you can and I think it is unfair to say that, I don't know how you can judge someone when they haven't been given a run in the team.
"The positive I can take is that I might be making an impact coming off the bench which is hard to do sometimes. Ideally, though, I want to start games and keep playing in the team."