Celtic star called up for internationals with Real Madrid prospect

Stefan Johansen will be hoping to translate his fine form for Celtic into something more substantial for Norway with Martin Odegaard also called up.

One of the star performers of Celtic’s season so far could be set to go head-to-head with Real Madrid’s latest whizzkid signing in the battle to claim a starting berth for the Norway national team.

Stefan Johansen has been in arguably his finest form to date for the Bhoys over the last few weeks, scoring four goals in the Hoops’ last five Scottish Premiership outings.

Called up for a crunch Euro 2016 qualifier with Croatia, the 24-year-old will be looking to rediscover his scoring touch for the national side.

Johansen has so far collected 15 caps for Norway at international level, scoring once against Sweden along the way, but will need to be at his sharpest when facing Robert Kovac’s highly-rated side.

And despite his heroics for Celtic in Scotland, the former Stromsgodset favourite could find himself playing second fiddle to another Norway star.

Martin Odegaard may only be 16, but the attacking midfielder is already the talk of Europe after sealing a sensational move to Real Madrid.

Capped three times already by Norway, the fellow former Stromsgodset man could be set to battle Johansen for a starting place against Croatia.

Already tipped for great things in Spain after scoring once in five appearances for the Real Madrid B team, national team manager Per-Mathias Hogmo could opt to gamble with the youngster from the start against Croatia.

But with Johansen in arguably the form of his life, the 55-year-old coach could opt to accommodate both, otherwise a difficult decision could await.

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