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  • Johansen: League title will always be No.1 priority

    Johansen: League title will always be No.1 priority

    By: Martin Dalziel on 05 May, 2015 14:57

  • WINNING the PFA Scotland Player of the Year award has left Celtic’s Stefan Johansen bursting with pride but the Norwegian star said he is happier that Hoops have won the league.

    The midfielder picked up the top individual prize on Sunday after scooping the same accolade from the Celtic support and players the weekend before.

    It marked the third time in his career that the 24-year-old has been singled out as the best player in his league and the Bhoys attacker admitted that the award is good way to measure his personal progression, but he revealed that winning the league with Celtic will always have a greater significance to him over personal awards.

    “I’m very proud to get the award,” Johansen said. “I have the award from the Celtic fans as well so it means a lot to me because it shows you’ve had a good season and developed as a player.

    "It’s an honour to me to get these awards, especially when you think about the quality here at Celtic and the other clubs as well.

    “I don’t know about others but I don’t look at this before a season. I always aim for the title with the club and for me it’ll always mean more to get the title but, as I said, it means a lot as it means you’ve had a good season and helped the team achieve what they want.”

    Johansen’s remarkable journey at Celtic started when he joined from Norwegian side Stromsgodset in January 2014 and he didn’t take long to adapt to the Scottish game.

    However, the midfielder said that getting a full season under his belt in the 2014/15 campaign has been priceless for his development at the Hoops.

    “I came here in January in the middle of a season under Lenny,” he added. “I went into the team pretty quickly but it takes time to adapt to the game here.

    “It’s a little more physical than in Norway and the tempo is higher so it took time but I feel now, when I’ve had a full season, you get pre-season and that helps you get the relations in the game.It’s always better to have a full season.”

    And after such a successful first full season at Celtic, the Norwegian is aiming to capture more silverware for Ronny Deila’s side in the coming seasons.

    The Player of the Year also has his sights set on a tilt at the UEFA Champions League but he knows the Bhoys must be ready to face that challenge when the qualifiers begin again in July.

    “I came to Celtic to win trophies,” Johansen added. “We were aiming for the treble this year and it would have been really great if we did it but I’ve won the league two times in a row and the League Cup this year.

    “I still have ambitions to win more trophies with Celtic and all the players and fans want us to be in the Champions League next year and that’s an experience I’ve never had as a football player so I’m looking forward to next season.”

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