The former Bhoys manager overlooked Celtic trio Leigh Griffiths, Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong when he named his latest Scotland squad, with James Forrest sneaking in.
The decision created confusion among some Celtic fans because of the form the absent trio have shown this season, but Deila has explained that he sees the logic behind the decision.
“I can see why James [Forrest] is in there. On his good day, and he had one of those yesterday, we know what he can do,” said Deila.
“I can see exactly why Gordon Strachan likes him and wants to see him doing that for Scotland.”
Forrest was on fine form last night against Dundee United in a 4-0 win in the Scottish Cup replay and should be looking to use that momentum to his advantage.
He showed why he’s in and around the international setup and has set standards for himself to adhere to over the rest of the season.
While Strachan not selecting the other trio may be confusing for some, it does benefit Celtic in the respect that they can enjoy extra rest ahead of an important final stretch over the rest of the season.
Celtic are closing in on a treble and need all of their key players, regardless of international squad selections, to pull together and drive the side forwards towards more silverware.