Deila: This is what I look out for in new Celtic signings

Ronny Deila has highlighted a key trait that he looks for when signing players for Celtic.

Speaking to the Glasgow Evening Times, Deila expressed his belief that signing ‘good persons’ is vital to having a successful time in charge of the Bhoys.

The Norwegian coach said: “I want them to be good persons [sic], because we are going to be together 362 days a year, almost. We see each other nearly every day, so we need to have a good environment.”

Deila certainly signed two players who fit that model in the January transfer window, with Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong arriving from Dundee United.

Fellow Scottish internationals alongside some of the existing Celtic squad, they appear to have fitted in seamlessly, and have shown their worth both on and off the pitch.

The same cannot be said for some of the signings completed last summer, as Aleksander Tonev and Stefan Scepovic have done little to impress, and appear somewhat cast out of the squad.

To have a promising work environment in a squad is vital for a team chasing silverware, and for a club of Celtic’s size, it can be hard to control a number of egos. Too many players often want to be playing all the time, and create a fuss if left out of action. Building a squad of level-headed professionals can be a hard task, but Deila looks to be on the correct path.

The Norwegian coach has highlighted the key component behind having a good environment to work in, and to see him targeting ‘good persons’ for his squad can only be good for the future of the club.

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