Wonderful man-management: Deila's decision on Celtic duo makes sense

Celtic's boss has been speaking ahead of the Scottish League Cup final about a decision he has made regarding two of his players.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has been speaking to the Daily Record ahead of his side’s Scottish League Cup clash with Dundee United.

While the majority of Celtic’s first-team stars will be preparing for a tough - and potentially season-defining - encounter two recent additions will have only a watching brief.

Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven joined Celtic from Dundee United in January, and as both are cup-tied they will not be involved this weekend.

But Deila will not force the pair to join up with the rest of the squad as he knows it could be a very strange afternoon for them.

“I don’t know if they’ll be at Hampden or not,” the Celtic boss said. “Only if they want to. If they don’t? I’ll understand. It’s their call.”

The pair were not at Tannadice for the recent Scottish Cup quarter-final tie between the two sides that ended in a draw, and it is telling that Deila is not forcing them to join up with their new side despite the importance of the occasion.

Such man-management should be applauded, as Celtic attempt to win what could be the first part of a famous treble.

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