Murdo MacLeod criticises Stefan Johansen's recent form

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Celtic legend Murdo MacLeod believes it's time for Ronny Deila to drop Stefan Johansen.

Celtic legend Murdo MacLeod has told The Scottish Sun that Stefan Johansen's change in form has been incredible - and called for Ronny Deila to rest him.

Johansen, 24, was sensational for the Bhoys last season having reunited with his former Stromsgodset manager Deila, and with 13 goals from midfield, the Norwegian international was the driving force in Celtic's midfield throughout the campaign.

The playmaker was then expected to take a big leap forward this season, with many believing that he could end up becoming the latest Celtic star to make the move to the Premier League, just like Fraser Forster, Victor Wanyama and Virgil van Dijk have in recent years.

However, he has yet to get going this season, and whilst a back injury has been troubling him, it's certainly been a disappointing start to the campaign for Johansen.

The Norwegian is now coming under pressure, and Celtic legend Murdo MacLeod has had his say on Johansen's form this season.

Speaking to The Scottish Sun, MacLeod - who made almost 300 appearances for Celtic during his playing career - has called the change in Johansen's form from last season to this term 'incredible', and even called for Deila to bench Johansen immediately.

"It’s been incredible. When Johansen first arrived at the club he looked a useful player," said MacLeod. "Last season he was outstanding. He was going box to box, scoring goals and his all-round attitude was simply fantastic. However, if you watch him now he’s a shadow of the player he was last season."

"The team can’t play as well if he’s not playing as well. So many players at Celtic’s form has dipped and he is one of them. Without a doubt Johansen needs to be benched. And I wouldn’t call it dropped — I would call it rested. Things are not going well for him and he needs a break. Every player needs a break at some point," he added.

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