CELTIC midfielder Stefan Johansen has admitted he is struggling for form as the Norwegian media labelled him a flop.
Many newspapers gave him a rating of two or three out of 10 as his nation’s Euro 2016 dream died with a play-off defeat against Hungary.
The Hungarians are on their way to France in the summer after they won 2-1 in Budapest to claim a 3-1 aggregate victory.
Johansen 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.
“When the results are bad you will face criticism from fans and the media, but the criticism doesn’t bother me too much. It’s a part of the game.
“The people around me – family and friends – are more worried about it. They fear I might take it personally, but I don’t.
“We have to take this one on the chin. We can only apologise to the Norwegian people. We take full responsibility for these results, but our coach Per-Mathias Hogmo should stay in the job.
“Even though fans in Norway are disappointed now, he has the backing of the players. He can’t go on the pitch and do the running. The players, myself included, have to take the responsibility. We cannot blame the coach for these defeats.”
Johansen is suspended for Celtic’s crucial must win Europa League match with Ajax alongside Nir Bitton who was sent off in the hugely disappointing 2-1 home defeat against Molde. If Celtic can beat Ajax they travel to Turkey knowing a win will take them through to the knock-out stages.
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