Celtic manager Ronny Deila has explained to the Glasgow Evening Times that he feels the club are starting to see the full leadership ability of midfielder Stefan Johansen.
Johansen has recently been used as a stand in captain for the Bhoys before Scott Brown resumed his duties last night for the win against Kilmarnock.
It was a big responsibility for Deila to give Johansen, but one he feels the player has excelled at in the last couple of games.
“Stefan has a big potential and knows what it is all about now. We're starting to see a leader on the pitch. But I think he can improve more here,” said the boss.
“Celtic is the right place for him to be, and he can one of the players we build a future around.”
Johansen has done well this season and has been a key feature in a team, which has already secured the League Cup with a treble on the cards by the end of the campaign.
One of the things, which makes him an ideal candidate to become a leader in the team is the way he hurries around the pitch in midfield in between the opposition’s midfield and defence.
He’s someone who leads by example when he attacks and he doesn’t appear to have been affected by the weight of the captain’s armband when he’s had the duty.
The challenge for the player and the manager looking ahead to the summer and the fresh campaign is how he can fine tune his game and reinvent himself.
His profile has risen dramatically this season due to his form and the temporary role as captain and he’s lost that surprise factor after a brilliant first season following the move from Stromsgodset.