Speaking after Celtic’s 2-0 over Partick Thistle on Wednesday night Bhoys manager Ronny Deila reserved special praise for man of the match Stefan Johansen, as reported on the official Celtic Twitter feed.
Whilst Johansen has had a great season so far, Deila explained that the midfielder still continues to improve with his fitness and work rate underpinning his other qualities, which have made him a vital player in Celtic’s bid for the treble.
Deila insists that there is still room for improvement from Johansen who has already come a long way since the beginning of the campaign and has shown himself to be one of the leaders within the team.
The Bhoys manager also praised the Norwegian midfielder for his defensive contributions, citing his hard work as one of the reasons that the Hoops have only conceded 14 goals this season.
The midfielder was made captain in the absence of the suspended Scott Brown and responded with a 63rd minute goal against the 10 men of Partick, before being named man of the match.
It was the first time Johansen has taken the captain's armband for the Hoops, with the impressive midfielder performing the role of vice-captain at former club Stromsgodset.
The 24-year-old has played an important part in Celtic’s domestic success in the middle of the park this season and has a return of 12 goals in his 55 appearances, with his performances earning him the opportunity to lead Celtic out as captain for the first time.
The Hoops maintained their seven point lead on Aberdeen at the top of the Scottish Premier with the win against Partick, and still have a game in hand on the Dons, whose 1-0 win against Inverness Caledonian Thistle has given them a slim chance of catching Celtic.
RD on @stefanjohansen "He's an important player, a good player. He's working hard and has good communication with his team-mates." (MH)— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) April 8, 2015
RD: "He did a good job tonight and deserved to be captain." (MH)— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) April 8, 2015
RD: "He's had a good season but he's stepping up all the time.He's very fit and gets chances at the end of the game as he keeps going." (MH)— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) April 8, 2015
RD: "He's also improving his technical ability as well and he still has things to work on." (MH)— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) April 8, 2015
RD: "Defensively we have conceded 14 goals and he is one of the causes of that as well as he works so hard for the team." (MH)— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) April 8, 2015