Stefan Johansen's agent explains why he's struggled, makes claim about Ronny Deila

The 24-year-old Celtic playmaker's agent has been defending his client.

Stefan Johansen's agent suggests his client's critics have been unfair on the Celtic star so far this season, according to the Daily Express.

The Norwegian won the Scottish champions' Player of the Year award last campaign but hasn't yet hit those heights this term.

But Johansen's agent feels opposing defenders are being tougher on the 24-year-old this time around, while he also thinks those taking aim at the midfielder have an agenda against manager Ronny Deila.

He is quoted as saying: "The critics are unfair. They do it as a way of getting to Ronny Deila at the same time.

"Stefan was absolutely outstanding last year. People expect him to go on the rampage and do whatever he wants all the time.

"But he is getting tougher treatment from opponents in Scotland this season. He is getting a lot more attention."

Johansen's agent also declared that Celtic will offer his client a new deal but that negotiations have not yet been finalised.

Is he right? Do the Norwegian's critics have something against both the playmaker and Deila?

The unique situation of playing for Celtic means top performers will almost get slaughtered for lowering their levels even slightly.

Deila's side are, for instance, coasting domestically. But Europe is the real test for the Scottish champions and failure so far in that department has put the Celtic boss's overall performance into question.

It's the same for Johansen. If you're Player of the Year, there is a certain expectation of you the following campaign.

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