Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen admits he has been well short of his best this season.
Celtic ace Stefan Johansen has admitted to the Glasgow Evening Times that he has simply not been good enough this season.
The central midfielder has shouldered a lot of criticism from Bhoys fans for his poor form, and he was unable to improve during the recent international break, as Norway lost in their Euro 2016 play-off against Hungary.
Johansen is under pressure to improve, but he insists that the criticism from Celtic supporters is not affecting his confidence.
"I can’t blame injuries alone for my poor form this season," he insisted. "I’m not the type of guy who would use that as an excuse.
"But I’ll be honest and say I haven’t been playing to the standard that is required.
“When the results are bad you will face criticism from fans and the media, but the criticism doesn’t bother me too much. It’s a part of the game.”
Johansen’s demise has been as rapid as it has been remarkable, as he played such a key role for Ronny Deila’s side last season.
The 24-year-old was brilliant last term, and he scored 13 times in 64 appearances for club and country in what was a hectic campaign.
This time around, though, he has looked well short of his best – and he has netted just once in his last 22 appearances.
It leaves Johansen under pressure to start performing, and he will hope to get back on track as quickly as possible, with Celtic’s next match coming against Kilmarnock on Saturday.