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Celts' Stefan Johansen: Victory will set us up for treble

By Ronnie Esplin

Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen sees Sunday's Scottish League Cup semi-final against Rangers at Hampden as the next step to the domestic treble.

The Hoops are top of the Scottish Premiership and still in the William Hill Scottish Cup as they prepare to play their traditional rivals for the first time in three years.

The Norway international, 24, will make his first appearance at the national stadium and is aware that the Parkhead men will get one chance to make the final and win what he hopes will be the first of three trophies this season.

Johansen said: "I've never played there but I've heard some of the boys say it is a nice ground.

"I think the atmosphere is going to be great.

"You can feel it in the whole city. It means a lot for the supporters.

"It's a semi-final so if you win you're in the final and we want to win the cup this year.

"If you lose a league game there's many more to come but with a cup you need to be ready for those 90 minutes and that's what football is all about.

"We want to win everything in Scotland this season and we need to go out there on Sunday and show that."

It was almost a year ago that Johansen made his first start for Celtic in the 1-0 Premiership win over St Mirren at Parkhead.

After taking a while to settle the former Stromsgodset player has developed into one of the Hoops' key players under fellow Norwegian Ronny Deila, mostly playing just behind the main striker.

Johansen admits he has had to get used to the winning mentality at Celtic.

He said: "You learn a lot about Scottish football when you come here and at a club like Celtic you learn about the winning culture.

"A draw or a loss is not good enough and that's how it should be.

"That's what football is all about. You need to be much stronger mentally because every game is a big game and that helps you grow up.

"Sunday will be tough but that is the next challenge and we are confident we are going to do it."

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