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Keeping Commons and van Dijk: Deila's best decisions so far this season?

Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen has praised the decision to keep Kris Commons and Virgil van Dijk at the club.

Celtic star Stefan Johansen has told the Daily Record manager Ronny Deila got it right over Kris Commons and Virgil van Dijk.

Commons recently signed a new contract with the Scottish club while van Dijk was linked with an £8 million exit from the club last month by the Daily Mail.

Both players could have left the club but both remain key parts of the Bhoys’ squad as they go hunting for silverware on multiple fronts this season.

“We have quality players who were on other clubs’ radars but we managed to keep them and that can be the difference in the end if we want to win trophies,” said Johansen.

Van Dijk is an imposing player who forms part of a very strong backline. He’ll need to be in top form over the rest of the campaign and excess silverware will only strengthen Celtic’s chances of keeping him for even longer.

Commons is one of the most experienced midfielders at the club. His contract renewal may have taken a bit longer than he may have liked, but he will be a key part of the middle of Celtic’s team for the rest of the season.

It’s all about balance for Deila between young players, new signings and key experienced professionals who set the standards and demand the very best from every player in the team.

It was a good decision by Deila on both counts, but can’t be considered a masterstroke until there are trophies to back things up.

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