Celtic’s Stefan Johansen explains his disappointing form

Stefan Johansen has not been in great form for Celtic so far this season.

Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen has explained to The Glasgow Evening Times why he has not been playing well this season.

Johansen is one of the best central midfielders in the Scottish Premiership and one of the first names on Celtic manager Ronny Deila’s teamsheet.

However, the Norway international has not been playing as well as he should have in recent weeks.

The 24-year-old former Stromsgodset star believes that his disappointing form is due to his back injury.

"My back has been causing me problems for a few months now and that has led to other injuries in parts of my body,” Johansen told The Glasgow Evening Times. "It has also affected my hamstring and the front of my thigh.

"We thought we had got to the bottom of what was causing the injuries, but then I got another knock against Fenerbahce and that set me back again.”

"It's been better in the last few days,” added the Norwegian. “When I get rid of the back pain, then I think all the other problems should stop too.

"I have had a good chat with Ronny Deila about my problems. Sometimes my thigh hasn't felt right and I have to take time to recover, which means I am not right for the next game.”

Celtic are second in the Scottish Premiership table at the moment with 23 points from 10 matches, just a point behind leaders Aberdeen.

The Bhoys have won the league title in the Scottish top flight for the past four seasons, and they are favourites to make it five in a row.

However, the Hoops are facing genuine competition from Aberdeen this term, and it seems that the title race could go down to the wire.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch