CELTIC today completed the £2million signing of midfielder Stefan Johansen from Stromsgodset.

The Norwegian international has been secured on a three-and-a-half year deal after completing a medical and agreeing personal terms.
Neil Lennon has been on the trail of the 23- year-old – who has played six times for Norway – for several months.
The Hoops boss will now assess the fitness of the player, who led Stromsgodset to the Norwegian title when their season ended in November, before deciding if he can be considered for Saturday’s game against Motherwell.
With Icelandic striker Holmbert Fridjonsson already on board, Lennon is hopeful he can get a deal done to bring in the established goalscorer, which has been his No.1
priority in this window.
Cover for Emilio Izaguirre at left-back, and possibly another central defender, are also still on the shopping list for the club who are already preparing for next season’s European qualifiers.
Lennon is still waiting to hear if Georgios Samaras and Joe Ledley will be around then as they continue to stall on
accepting the offer of new contracts which the club have placed before them.
Meanwhile, Tom Rogic’s loan move to Vegalta Sendai has been sunk – because the J-League club bosses don’t believe he would be there long enough to make it worth their while.
It is a shattering blow to the 21-year-old, whose representatives are now looking to find another club able to give him the game time to ensure he does not lose his place in Australia’s World Cup squad.
Graham Arnold, Rogic’s former boss at his previous club, Central Coastal Mariners, and now coach at Vegalta Sendai, was keen to provide him with this
essential opportunity to play.
And, although initially reluctant, Lennon finally agreed to let Rogic head to Japan. However, when the financial detail of the loan was put before the directors of Vegalta Sendai, they decided the player would not be available for enough games to make the deal value for the money.
The J-League is currently in close season and does not resume until March 1. With Fifa rules insisting all Aussie World Cup players must be made available for pre-World Cup preparations by May 17, Rogic would only have been able to play six or seven games.
Arnold was confident he had sold Celtic on the move, and shares Rogic’s disappointment their plan to get back together has been scuppered.
But, the coach’s representative, James Hardy, explained time was called on the move.
He said: “Tom is an exceptional talent, a tremendous footballer who is highly admired by Graham Arnold and all staff at Vegalta Sendai.
“However, the financial terms offered, considering Tom’s limited availability as Fifa states all players are to be released by May 17 for the World Cup and the J-League doesn’t start till March 1, makes this move to Sendai not feasible.”
Now the rush is on to find another loan club that will satisfy both Lennon and the player. Reports of the collapse of the Japanese deal sparked a rush by Australian clubs to offer Rogic a short-term home.
Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory have both thrown their hat into the ring, while Central Coast Mariners – who sold Rogic to Celtic 12 months ago for £400,000 – are also keen to bring him back, perhaps permanently.
Reports in Oz claim Sydney and Melbourne have opened talks with Celtic, while Mariners coach, Phil Moss, is keeping his fingers crossed the
midfielder will be headed back their way.
Moss said: “There’s no doubt we see Tommy as a Mariners boy and the club that gave him his chance. So we’ve just got to get in touch with the right people to see if there’s any life to it. There’s space to sign a player, or maybe even an Australian marquee option for Tommy.
“He’d qualify for that spot, I’ve got no doubt, because it’s in the Socceroos’ best interest to have him here.”