Former Celtic Player of the Year Stefan Johansen has signed for QPR on loan.
Johansen, contracted to Premier League side Fulham, will join ex-Rangers boss Mark Warburton for the rest of the season. The Norwegian has only made two appearances for Scott Parker’s side in 20-21.
The former Celtic midfielder told the QPR website:
“Obviously I have come here to play football but I want to win games.
“I watched a little bit of the game against Derby and with the way the team is playing, [QPR] deserve more points. We have to build that momentum.”
Former Rangers boss Warburton added:
“I am delighted we have been able to bring Stefan on board.
“He has evident quality and experience on both the domestic and international stage, and is a player who has shown he can play in a deeper-lying midfield role or in a more attacking position. That flexibility he has is vital for us, and I must thank Fulham for their help in making this happen.”
“Stefan is a player that, as an opposition manager, you would be wary of because you know the ability he has and the threat he can pose,”
“I have seen him first hand both in Scotland and obviously with Fulham, so I know the talent he possesses.”
Former Celtic man Stefan Johansen an excellent fit for R’s
Ex-Celtic manager Ronny Deila signed Stefan Johansen in 2014, from Deila’s former side Strømsgodset. Reports from last week had suggested that the midfielder would be joining QPR.
QPR boss Warburton will have seen Johansen close up, during his first season with Rangers in 15-16 [Transfermarkt]. Johansen made 114 appearances for the Bhoys, winning acclaim from supporters, fellow players and pundits alike.
Johansen, who holds 55 caps for Norway, needs regular game time. Somewhat of a Championship specialist, the ex-Celtic man has been promoted twice with Fulham.
Warburton will be keen to use the former Celt’s experience in the second tier. His QPR side sit 17th in the Championship [BBC], with the Englishman’s contract set to run out in the summer.