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Lustig points out potential problem for Celtic over second half of season

Mikael Lustig has suggested rotation could become common for Ronny Deila over the second half of the season.

Celtic defender Mikael Lustig has pointed out a potential problem for the team over the second half of this season to the club’s website.

Lustig has suggested that Celtic need to be wary of rotation as they fight on multiple fronts for success over the next few months.

“We are still in all the competitions so we will need to use a lot of players. We did that sometimes at the start of the season but weren’t able to win,” he said.

“This time, if you are playing, you must be ready and put on a performance as we will drop points otherwise and we can’t afford that.”

The obvious danger of manager Ronny Deila rotating his squad frequently is that it prevents the possibility of a settled team.

It’s difficult for players to develop relationships and learn the movements of each other if the personnel is changing frequently.

The difference between the situation now and the one at the start of the season is that new and experienced players have had ample opportunities to gel together.

What Deila has to decide is where he needs to play a team consistently and where he can afford to rotate a little more to keep players fresh and hungry to have an impact.

The SPL is arguably the priority for the club, with the League Cup and the Europa League returning for the club next month.

Celtic have games in hand at the top of the SPL table and will go back to the top of the division if the side manages to get the better of Motherwell this evening.

They also have a manager who should be backed not to rotate for the sake of rotation.

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