Celtic star Stefan Johansen explains why Rangers made his season 'fantastic'

Stefan Johansen was delighted to turn out for Celtic against Rangers.

The Norwegian midfielder got his first taste of the Old Firm derby this season, and he has told the official Celtic website that it was a great experience.

Johansen said: “To play against Rangers in the League Cup semi-final was fantastic because I’d heard so much about the game, so it was amazing to get to the final after that.”

The Old Firm rivals met in the League Cup semi-final, with goals from Leigh Griffiths and Kris Commons securing 2-0 victory in the first derby since April 2012.

Johansen played the full 90 minuted in the tie, and Celtic never truly looked under pressure, with the Gers mustering just one shot across the entire game.

Regardless of the lack of challenge in the game, the fanfare surrounding the fixture was always going to make it a heavily pressure situation.

Any players heading into their first derby were likely to be flustered by the high intensity atmosphere, but Johansen put in a solid performance to show his maturity in what is sure to be his first of many derbies.

At the age of 24, the midfielder still has a long way to develop, and he could start facing the Light Blues again next season.

Rangers take on Motherwell in the Championship play-off final this week to determine who will secure passage into the top flight for next season, and with Stuart McCall’s men impressing in their previous rounds, they are surely favourites to complete the job.

Should they recover their place in the top flight, the Old Firm will be back as a consistent fixture, and Johansen will again get the chance to enjoy the ‘fantastic’ experience of Scotland’s most famous derby.

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