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Johansen admits to poor form

Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen admits that his form for both club and country has not been good enough so far this season.

The 24-year-old won the PFA Scotland Players’ Player of the Year award during the 2014-15 campaign, but his performances so far this term have fell some way short of those high standards.

The former Stromsgodset player has only scored two goals in 14 appearances for the Hoops in all competitions this season as Ronny Deila’s side have struggled in Europe, while they have failed to impress domestically despite currently topping the league table.

The Norwegian international has also been criticised for his form with the national team, with many media outlets in his home nation despairing at his performances during their 3-1 aggregate defeat to Hungary in their recent Euro 2016 play-off clash.

Johansen himself has now acknowledged that his performances of late have not been good enough and he is refusing to make any excuses as to why he has not been able to recapture his best form.

He said: “I can’t blame injuries alone for my poor form this season.

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.”

The Scandinavian will be keen to return to form in the Bhoys next match against Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday