Celtic may be achieving on the field but there is another significant reason for their supporters to be excited about the future.
Celtic supporters should be very happy right now, with the Scottish League Cup in the bag and their side top of the Scottish Premiership and in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup.
Bhoys manager Ronny Deila has done a wonderful job since taking over but there is yet another reason why the club’s fans should be happy, and it has nothing to do with their current performance levels.
A report in the Daily Mail this weekend claims Deila and his staff will use next week’s international break to scout some of Europe’s top young talent, with the story claiming they are more likely to be seen at youth and under-21 matches than running the rule over more senior stars.
The report comes after Deila admitted the best way to sign top-class talent is to do so while they are young.
“Ajax get it because they have an unbelievable reputation,” the Celtic boss said, “and we have to build, over the years, a reputation.”
Deila’s latest comments should be music to the ears of Celtic’s fan-base. After all, rather than focus solely on the tasks at hand – winning the Scottish Cup and maintaining their lead at the top of the league – the Norwegian is always looking ahead.
The best managers refuse to stand still, preventing both themselves and their clubs from stagnating, but Deila is going one step further – reportedly scouting for potential future stars when he is only one third of the way to an historic treble.
Celtic have a manager who knows what it takes to succeed; a man who can guide his current charges to success but always keep one eye on the future.
That bodes extremely well for the side who could develop considerably under his stewardship.