Why Deila's Guidetti snub is a major risk for Celtic to take

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Celtic's John Guidetti was left on the bench for the entirety of their match last night.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila appeared to give John Guidetti the biggest snub of his time at Parkhead so far by leaving him on the substitutes' bench for their game against Motherwell last night.

Guidetti made a blistering start to his career in Scotland, but his form has gone off the boil in recent weeks, meaning he lost his place in the starting line-up. 

With no goals in his last six games, Guidetti could hardly complain at being dropped by Deila, who has given him plenty of time to recover from his dip, but he may have been slightly perturbed to have seen Stefan Scepovic come off the bench before him. 

Scepovic has looked well short of quality since arriving at Parkhead this summer, scoring just four times in 19 appearances, and to have not got on at expense of the target-man is something which is unlikely to have sat well with Guidetti.

The Swede is a famously tough character to manage and his manager's failure to bring him onto he pitch is sure to have frustrated. 

Whilst it could be argued that it should motivate Guidetti to know that he is not irreplaceable, Celtic are in a dangerous situation as they are trying to complete a permanent move for the player.

Sky Sports have reported the Bhoys' interest in making Guidetti's temporary switch from Manchester City a permanent one and making a statement as bold as this is a big risk for Deila to take. 

Guidetti's situation is a delicate one at the moment, and Deila's decision to overlook him yesterday evening is a surprise - as most clubs would have been doing everything they could to convince him to stay. 

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