Stefan Johansen admits he's had attitude problems in the past

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Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen has explained that he's had attitude problems previously in his career.

Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen told the Herald that towards the end of his time at Bodo, he’d started not to care about himself and his performances.

He was offered an olive branch by Ronny Deila, then at Stromsgodset, and hasn’t looked back since.

Johansen has been one of the best players for the Bhoys throughout this season and seems to have found a new lease of life under the current boss at Parkhead.

“I got some chances but in the end my contract ran out there and I didn't care too much. In the last six months or year there, I kind of had a bad attitude,” he said.

“But when I spoke to Ronny and he wanted me at Stromsgodset, I just felt like I had a new energy. He took me there and believed in where I felt I should play. He believed in me as a better footballer and allowed me to show my skills.”

Fortunately for Celtic fans the problems he’s had with his attitude in the past seem to be confined there.

He’s excelled this season in a position at the top of Celtic’s midfield, with Deila developing a culture around the club, which doesn’t let any of his players take their eye off the ball and underperform in terms of effort.

The challenge for him looking ahead to next season is how he’s going to build on the good form and progress he has shown this year.

He will be a marked man because of his importance to Celtic’s midfield and attacking play and he has to try and find a way to prevent himself from becoming isolated in the side’s attack.

If he can stay effective and play well next year, Celtic as a team should do the same.

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