Monday 18 December 2017

Stefan Johansen: Celtic's title defence is 'looking great'

Stefan Johansen celebrates with teammates
Stefan Johansen celebrates with teammates

Celtic's title prospects "look great" following their 2-0 win over bottom side St Mirren in Paisley on Friday night, according to Stefan Johansen.

The Norway midfielder clinched the points with a 79th minute penalty after wide-man James Forrest had finished off a well-worked Hoops move from close range to open the scoring.

It took the Parkhead men seven points clear of Aberdeen at the top of the Scottish Premiership with both clubs having played 29 games as the Dons could only manage a draw at home to Partick Thistle on Saturday.

Ronny Deila's side have only lost one league game this year and take four successive victories into the home match against Partick Thistle on Wednesday night which encouraged Johansen, 24, to say: "It looks great for us now. It's nine games left in the league and it's going to be difficult to take us now. "This was another important win and we just need to keep focusing now on every game over the next couple of weeks.

"I don't think we're unbeatable but you can say there is a huge confidence in the team now. I think we are starting to look fitter and we have much more of the ball because we are playing with a higher tempo and that's the way the manager wants us to play."

Deila criticised the "terrible" pitches in Scottish football after the game, claiming the surface at St Mirren was another that was difficult to master.He added: "It was good to be back together and be prepared for the rest of the season."

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