Ronny Deila reacts to Celtic’s win v Ross County, comments on Virgil van Dijk’s future

Ronny Deila is happy with Celtic’s win against Ross County in the Scottish Premiership, and insists that Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur-linked Virgil van Dijk will not leave.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has admitted to the club’s official website that his side found it tough to win against Ross County today.

The Bhoys maintained their winning run in the Scottish Premiership with a 1-0 victory over Jim McIntyre’s side at Victoria Park in Dingwall.

Kris Commons’s goal in the opening minutes of the second half proved to be the difference between the two teams, as Celtic made it four wins in a row in the New Year.

Deila was pleased with the final result, but he admitted that his side struggled to break down County.

"The first 60 minutes was hard and Ross County defended well,” Celtic’s official website quotes the Norwegian as saying. "They sat very deep and it's hard to break them down on a small pitch like this.

"But we created chances and in the end we won 1-0. If there was one thing we could have done better it was to control the game better in the last 20 minutes.

"It's always important to get an early goal, especially when a team sits so deep. It's about our performances and if we keep on winning then we're going to have a championship.”

The win means that Celtic are now three points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership table with a game in hand over second-placed Aberdeen.

The Glasgow giants are on course to win the league title yet again, and also have the chance to clinch the Europa League this season.

Deila has said that he wants to sign players in the January transfer window in order to boost his side’s chances of major silverware, and he insists that his key stars will not leave.

“As I've said the whole month, we're going to keep our team," the 39-year-old manager told BBC Radio Scotland. “Virgil's (Virgil van Dijk) going to stay here and fight for Celtic."

When asked if he would sign players this month, Deila said: “Hopefully."

Defender Van Dijk has been linked with a move away from Celtic this month, with reporting that Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United all are interested in the Dutchman.

Van Dijk is an important player for Celtic, who need to retain his services for the rest of the season to have a better chance of winning major trophies this campaign.

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