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Deila Wishes To Promote Youth Growth

Celtic recently appointed Ronny Deila as the replacement for Neil Lennon, who left his post as the manager a few weeks ago. Just winning the Scottish Championship alone will not be enough for Deila and he has been the first to recognise that. In his first press conference as the new Celtic manager, Deila stated that he plans to make Celtic’s achievements bigger in the next few years, but not by spending money on new players. Instead, he wants to exploit the existing facilities at the club and turn them into a club that develops young talent.

Due to the absence of ranges from the Scottish Premier league, Celtic are the number one club by a long-distance in the top division of Scottish football. They will be able to use this to their advantage when it comes to signing young players for their academy. However, the reliance on youth and existing players is unlikely to change the club’s philosophy of selling players when they receive great offers. This has been the case with the recent star names like Gary Hooper. Deila accepts that some things may not change due to the league, but he is looking to make a positive impact at Celtic.

Deila also revealed that he will take inspiration from former Liverpool and Barcelona managers.

"What I get energy from is developing teams, individuals and myself. When you do that well, you win trophies. I can develop Virgil van Dijk further here as well. That is what I have done at Stromsgodset and that is what I will do now. I have one thought in my head: I have to get the best out of my players and my staff and myself. There are two ways to go. To buy players, or develop them. Celtic is a big club and we need to develop players to European standard," said the manager.