Deila picks out early contender for Celtic's Player of the Season award

Ronny Deila believes that Stefan Johansen has been one of Celtic's best players this season.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has paid tribute to midfielder Stefan Johansen on the club's official website after seeing him become a model of consistency.

Johansen has become one of the Bhoys’ key performers in 2014/15, and Deila believes that he will be in the running for the club's Player of the Season award.

Deila admits that Johansen has been one of his main men this season, but insists that the Norwegian's absence against Dundee United tonight will not be too damaging.

“Stefan’s a good player and he’s been one of our best so far this season," Deila said. "But I have other players who can fill that role so I’m not very worried about that."

Celtic have one of the biggest squads in Scotland and Johansen's suspension means that someone else will have their chance to stake a claim for a regular first-team place.

They will have to perform supremely well if they are to keep Johansen on the sidelines, though, as the 24-year-old is so important to the Bhoys style of play.

His energy and dynamism has been a key part of Deila's tactical approach at Parkhead and without him the team are unquestionably weaker.

Deila will be hoping that he is correct in his prediction than Johansen's absence won't be felt tonight, though, as Celtic need to win their match against Dundee United to keep their treble hopes alive.

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