Johansen: I always knew Deila would be a great manager for Celtic

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The Norwegian has heaped praise on his coach and fellow countryman.

Stefan Johansen says he always felt Ronny Deila would be a great manager for Celtic, according to the club's official Twitter feed.

Deila came under fire for a poor start with the Bhoys earlier this season but steadily turned things around and the Scottish champions are now on course for their first domestic treble since 2001.

On Friday night, Celtic moved one step closer to defending their Scottish Premiership title with a 2-0 win at St Mirren.

James Forrest opened the scoring for Deila's men, before Johansen doubled his side's tally from the penalty spot.

And it's Johansen who reserved the biggest praise for his coach, who also worked with the 24-year-old before moving to Celtic.

The midfielder said after the match that he always had the confidence Deila would come good at Parkhead - now he believes the supporters are seeing the proof.

Celtic now sit a full eight points clear of second-placed Aberdeen, who face Partick Thistle next.

Deila, meanwhile, was full of praise for 23-year-old Forrest for the part he played in the St Mirren win when speaking to reporters after the match.

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