Stefan Johansen makes surprising admission concerning next season for Celtic

Johansen believes Celtic will have an easier season next year than this term.

Speaking to the official Celtic website, Norwegian midfielder Stefan Johansen made a surprising admission by suggesting that next season will be easier for Celtic than this one.

The 24-year-old said: “It’ll be a bit easier next season, however. Everyone knows what the gaffer wants and everybody is into the system and we want to play so hopefully we’ll keep it up.”

Johansen seems to suggest that the players will find next season easier, having already had a campaign together working under Ronny Deila. They understand his methods and have built the chemistry with their teammates, and will be able to start the season in strong form, rather than having to endure a few months of learning together to reach full capacity.

However, Celtic are the league holders, and Johansen is expecting to enjoy another season of easy success, which is not always the way.

Teams are always more motivated to defeat opponents when they are currently holding silverware, and with the name and reputation surrounding Celtic, teams always try harder against them.

The Bhoys may be able to play better next season due to the understanding amongst players and manager, but every other team will be well set to defeat them, and securing the league title for a fifth successive term is sure to be a real challenge.

Johansen may expect next season to be easier than this one, but he is sure to be in for a big surprise when competitive fixtures restart towards the end of 2015.

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