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Deila explains what has made Johansen Celtic's key midfielder

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has praised the way Stefan Johansen has improved at the club.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has been quoted by the BBC explaining how midfielder Stefan Johansen has turned into one of the club’s most important players.

Johansen was named as the February player of the month earlier this week and his manager is full of praise for the way he has worked hard and has fought his way into the Bhoys first team.

“He worked so hard in training every day, he was very humble and patient and that's important in the development of young players,” said the boss.

“In the end, after one-and-a-half years, he got into the team and the next year he was player of the year in Norway and went to Celtic.”

“I think he learned the hard way how to work.”

Johansen will be one of the first names down on the team sheet for the League Cup final this weekend and hopefully as far as Celtic are concerned, he can keep his good form going.

He’s a good player in the middle of Celtic’s team and at his best in behind the main striker, where has more freedom to be creative in attack.

He has shown versatility to drop into deeper positions at times this season. He played there in the defeat against St Johnstone, but that arguably mutes his attacking qualities, which makes it more difficult for him to influence big games.

He seems to have the perfect combination of qualities, which make him popular with the manager, his teammates and the club’s immense support base. Long may his form continue.

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