Adam Matthews: Nir Bitton and Stefan Johansen have really pushed on

The Celtic defender is full of praise for his team-mates.

Celtic's Adam Matthews believes midfield duo Nir Bitton and Stefan Johansen have shown what great players they are this season, according to the Glasgow Evening Times.

Bitton endured a slow start to his Celtic career but has since developed into a key feature of the Scottish champions' midfield.

Johansen, meanwhile, has scored goals galore while starring for the Bhoys this season. Indeed, his exploits were rewarded with both the Players' Player of the Year award (joint with Scott Brown) and the Fans' Player of the Year award.

And Matthews regards both team-mates highly, citing them as examples of those who have embraced boss Ronny Deila's methods and 'really pushed on.'

The 23-year-old told reporters: "I'm sure we can carry on and get success next season as well. We can definitely go on to win the next few titles.

"The players have adapted well to what he [Deila] wants us to do. Players like Nir Bitton and Stefan Johansen have really pushed on and shown what great players they are."

Meanwhile, Matthews believes the duo are just one of many reasons Celtic can enjoy continued success under Deila.

And he is hoping there will be more like them next season, with the defender believing the Norwegian is sure to bring in additions over the summer.

Matthews added: "I'm sure the gaffer will want to bring in another couple of players and hopefully they can gel. I'm sure we can go on and keep doing well for the next few years."

Celtic travel to Aberdeen for what could have been a title decider on Sunday afternoon. Instead, the Scottish Premiership is already wrapped up for the Bhoys - not that that should spoil a good contest.

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