Stefan Johansen reveals why he has been a different player this season

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The Celtic star has been explaining his strong campaign at Parkhead.

Stefan Johansen says three main factors have ensured everything has gone right for him at Celtic this season - as opposed to only having six months to acclimatise to Scottish football last term, according to the Scotsman.

The 24-year-old admits having to get used to the culture and tempo of the game in Scotland affected him during the early days of his Bhoys career but is delighted that things have turned out so well this campaign.

Indeed, Johansen attributes his success to A) having a full pre-season with Celtic this time around B) working with a manager he knows extremely well and C) playing in a more advanced position for the Hoops.

The Norwegian midfielder told reporters during a press conference: "Last year I arrived in January and had just six months to get used to the culture here and the tempo of the game. But this year I got a full pre-season with a gaffer I know and have been played further up the park, so that was important for me."

Johansen was speaking after being nominated for the SFA's Player of the Year award, something he could also win more locally - as Celtic's Player of the Year.

The Norwegian has certainly been a stellar performer for the club this term, although there has been no shortage of those.

It is just a shame Johansen won't have the opportunity to celebrate being a treble winner, too, under such controversial circumstances for Celtic.

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