Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen has explained to the Glasgow Evening Times how he might never have ended up at the club.
Johansen was drafted in by current boss Ronny Deila and has turned into one of the club’s key players in behind the front men at the top of Celtic’s midfield.
However, he’s revealed that it was Deila who had a dramatic impact on him through the early stages of his career.
“When I came to Stromsgodset he helped me and gave me a chance. If he didn't do that then I don't think so (wouldn’t have ended up at Celtic),” said Johansen.
“It just didn't mean that much to me. I was young and I didn't sleep as much as I could or should have.”
“I'm very thankful for the way he told me that and made me. He told me straight 'this is what you need to do' and I did it – he was a big help.”
Fortunately, the issues that Johansen had earlier in his career seem to be behind him and he’s become an important player for the Bhoys.
Deila has always been very open and up front about the qualities and things he expects from any Celtic player and what it means for them to represent one of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Don’t adhere to those values and players will quickly find themselves out of the team and sitting on the bench.
Slowly Johansen’s performances have improved and slowly he’s been able to build a relationship with teammates and the club’s fans, which has turned him into a popular individual.
He now needs to build on that and push hard to help the Bhoys to a domestic treble.