Johansen: Our season turned around when 'fantastic' Scott Brown came back

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The Celtic Player of the Year has heaped praise on his captain.

Stefan Johansen has heaped praise on Celtic skipper Scott Brown after the club secured their fourth consecutive Scottish Premiership title on Saturday, according to the club's official website.

The Norwegian feels the Bhoys' slow start to the season had plenty to do with Brown being injured and feels the 29-year-old's return brought Ronny Deila's side the balance to allow them to get better and better.

While Celtic have plenty of talented forwards and ball-playing defenders, Brown is the orchestrator from midfield, the club's leader and icon.

And Johansen was delighted to share the Players' Player of the Year award with the captain recently, praising the 'fantastic' midfielder for the important role he plays within the team.

The Norwegian explained: “Broony deserved it and he’s such a fantastic player. He has shown how important he is for the team when he came back from injury.

"We didn’t have a great start but, when he came back, you could see the team getting better and better and he’s such an important player for us.

“To be drawn with him is a fantastic honour for me and I think he’s a great guy and a great player. We had a lot of players in the team who could win it this year but I’m very happy and very proud to have won alongside him.”

Johansen is currently one of Celtic's top scorers for the season, netting eight Scottish Premieriship goals and three in the Europa League. Only Kris Commons has as many as him (11 in total) and Leigh Griffiths is the only team-mate to have scored more this term.

Brown, meanwhile, has netted four goals this season, although both 'Broony' and Johansen offer the Bhoys far more than just their goals.

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