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Ronnie Deila urges Stefan Johansen to stay at Celtic Park

Celtic manager Ronny Deila feels Stefan Johansen knows his career is best served by staying in Glasgow despite reports linking him with a move to Germany.

Reports in the midfielder's native Norway claim several clubs in the Bundesliga and Premier League are interested in making a summer move for the player.

Deila, whose side host Kilmarnock tonight, also coached Johansen at Stromsgodset and believes the 24-year-old would benefit from staying at Parkhead.

Johansen has struck 12 goals this season and become a key player for Deila.

When quizzed about the reported interest, Deila said: "Stefan has a big potential, and he knows what it's all about, it's to perform all the time at Celtic. He has only been here less than a year and a half.

"He can improve more here, he hasn't been in the Champions League yet so Celtic is still the right place for him. He's a player I want to build a future around."

Celtic can open up an eight-point gap on second-placed Aberdeen when they host Killie and Deila has urged his players to enjoy the run-in as they continue to chase the treble.

"We have worked so hard now for so many months to get to this position and we have to really enjoy it," he said.

"It's a big, big opportunity and we are going into some very important games. I have real confidence in my players. They are working in a good way, the atmosphere in the dressing room is very good and we are really looking forward to every game now."

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