Stefan Johansen is having a season to forget since his two assists against Malmo at Paradise, but he’s well aware of some Celtic fans constant demands.
The Norwegian midfielder has performed well under par this in comparison to the standards he set last year in a Hoops shirt.
He hasn’t scored since September 23rd against Raith Rovers and hasn’t recorded an assist since August against Malmo.
It is cause for concern when the 24-year-old, who scored 13 times and assisted a further 10 goals in 56 appearances is struggling so badly to have an impact in games, especially with Celtic now missing captain Scott Brown.
Johansen has been on the end of a lot of criticism this season from Celtic fans, but he believes some of their demands are beyond any reality.
As quoted by the Daily Mail, Johansen jokingly said:
They want us to win 10-0 every game. But that’s not how it works.
Of course there is high expectation at Celtic but that’s part of the job here.
Now we’ve started the year with a win and I hope we can continue that for the rest of the year.
Manager Ronny Deila has also come under criticism but Johansen backed his fellow Norwegian and believes not everything is down to him.
The players need to take responsibility as well. We’ve not done well enough in a couple of games. You can’t just blame the manager.
We need to be realistic. We have not played well in some games and we have to take the criticism – that’s part of the job and we have to be ready to bounce back.
Johansen did recognise the responsibility of playing at a club as big as Celtic and even compared their situation to two huge English Premier league sides.
Celtic are a massive club in Europe so there is always going to be that type of pressure and when you don’t win games questions will be asked.
It’s always like that at a huge club. If you see Manchester United now, for example, or Chelsea.