Stefan Johansen: I want to experience the Champions League with Celtic

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Stefan Johansen wants to play in the Champions League with Celtic next season.

Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen has told BBC Sport that he wants to play in the Champions League next season.

Johansen has not featured in Europe’s premier club competition so far in his career, and he wants to experience the grand occasion with the Bhoys.

"I came to Celtic to win trophies and I have won the league two times in a row and this year we won the League Cup as well,” the 24-year-old told BBC Sport.

"I am still ambitious to win more trophies with Celtic and all the players and all the fans want us to be in the Champions League. That's an experience I've never had as a football player, so I'm looking forward to next season."

Johansen joined Celtic from Stromsgodset in January 2014 and has established himself as one of the best players for the Hoops.

The Norway international was named the PFA Scotland Player of the Year on Sunday for his truly brilliant displays this campaign.

Like Johansen, other Celtic players will be determined to play in the Champions League next season, but it will not be easy.

The Scottish Premiership giants will have to negotiate tough qualifying rounds, as they are not guaranteed a place in the group stage.

Last season, after getting the better of KR Reykjavik and Legia Warsaw in the second and third qualifying rounds respectively, Celtic faced NK Maribor in the playoff round.

Although the Scottish giants drew the first leg of the tie 1-1 in Slovenia, they lost the second leg 1-0 at Celtic Park.

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