Former Celtic midfielder Davie Hay has revealed in the Glasgow Evening Times that he hopes Ronny Deila doesn’t ignore the chance to develop younger players who are already at the club.
Hay has suggested that Deila can’t ignore one of the main strengths he developed during his time at Stromsgodset due to the pressure in the transfer market to invest in the best youngsters in the game.
“Developing kids was one of Ronny's strengths when he was at Stromsgodset,” he wrote.
“I hope Ronny does not ignore the talent that is right under his nose.”
“Liam Henderson - who scored both goals in Scotland's Under 19s 2-1 win over Austria last night - and James Forrest, are two examples of what can be produced.”
Celtic have one of the biggest squads of players in Scottish football and the number of talented players away from the club during the international break suggests the Bhoys are doing something right.
Adam Matthews is another good example of a young player in and around the first team squad fighting for more consistent chances.
In terms of teenagers, Deila needs to spend time reviewing the youth ranks and the club have to continue investing in the infrastructure.
It can be far too easy for clubs to simply spend on buying the best young players rather than investing in their own academy prospects.
If Celtic and Deila get the balance right, the boss could have a sustainable supply line of talent ready to support the first team for years to come.