Celtic's Ronny Deila believes he has found potential transfer goldmine

Celtic Parkhead

Celtic manager Ronny Deila admits he will be scouring the Scandinavian transfer market again for hidden gems in the mould of John Guidetti.

Celtic have a proud history when it comes to sourcing and securing the services of Scandinavian stars.

Henrik Larsson sits proudly towards the top of the club’s all-time leading goalscorers charts, while his fellow Swede Johan Mjallby has taken in productive spells at Parkhead as a player and coach.

The current squad also boasts plenty of talent from that part of the world, with Norway international Jo Inge Berget drafted in on loan from Cardiff City and Stefan Johansen already on the books.

Mikael Lustig is another Swede among the ranks, along with hot-shot striker John Guidetti – who has caught the eye in spectacular fashion since agreeing a season-long loan from Manchester City.

Boss Ronny Deila admits that he will continue to scour that market for hidden gems, with the Norwegian tactician of the opinion that there are bargains to be found in the region of his birth.

He said in the Daily Record: “I have very good contacts in Norway, of course! I have good contacts in Sweden and Denmark too. It is a market that could be interesting.

“You know what you get with Scandinavian players. You get discipline and they are like Scottish players.

“It is easier to adapt if you are from Scandinavia – they are used to the weather, the people and the culture.

“They also have a similar temperament to people here and have grown up watching British football on TV.

“We go all over Europe to find players. We are looking for ones out there who will represent a good deal for us.

“There are so many aspects to scouting players but the most important one is the player will make us a better team.”

Value for money is vital in the modern game, especially for clubs like Celtic who continue to push for domestic and Champions League recognition.

They are not the only ones to have benefitted from Scandinavian talent down the years, with clubs across Britain having turned their gaze in that direction on a regular basis.

It is an approach which has delivered rich rewards, so Deila has every right to tread that well-worn path as transfer talk gathers pace ahead of the January window.

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