STEFAN JOHANSEN reckons Celtic need to score a goal against Qarabag on Wednesday to help make the next stage of the Champions League qualifiers.
The Hoops travel to Azerbaijan to protect a fragile one-goal advantage after Dedryck Boyata’s late headed winner in Glasgow last week.
Johansen, who scored the second in the 2-0 triumph over Ross County on Flag Day at Parkhead, said: “We have a lot of important games coming every week, so it was good to get started with a win.
“At the end of the day we got the three points and it was a good game before the match on Wednesday.
“The Champions League is so important for the club and the focus is on that, but we wanted to be professional on Saturday and go out there and win.
“We did a professional job and now we can just prepare for Wednesday.”
The Norwegian international dropped back to play alongside skipper Scott Brown with Ronny Deila resting Nir Bitton ahead of the test in Baku.
Johansen fitted expertly into the role against the Highlanders and added: “I can come forward into dangerous positions when I play deeper.
“However, after the season I had last time in the No.10 role, I like to play there, of course.
“Obviously, though, it is an advantage I can play both positions.

“I always feel like I can score. It’s more difficult to score in a deeper role as you need to protect the defence, but I don’t care if I score because the most important thing is that we go through to the next round.

“We need to score. In the end, when you have the away goal rule then it’s important not to concede at home. We did that and scored an important goal.

“We have a good result to go there with, but the job is far from done.”
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