Ronny Deila on criticism from Stefan Milojevic regarding his treatment of Stefan Scepovic

Celtic FC

Celtic manager Ronny Deila does not seem to be fazed by recent criticism that he is not giving enough chances to Stefan Scepovic.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has hit back at Stefan Milojevic for his bold claims about Stefan Scepovic, as reported by The Sun.

Greenock Morton defender Milojevic recently told The Sun that his Serbian compatriot Scepovic has not been treated well by Hoops manager Deila.

“I’m really surprised he has not played more often for Celtic,” Milojevic told The Sun. “Every player needs games, but I don’t think the Celtic coach has been fair with him.”

Deila has now defended himself against those harsh criticisms from the Serbian defender, claiming that Scepovic has “issues” that he needs to work on.

"No, I don't agree,” the Norwegian told The Sun when asked if he agreed with Milojevic’s opinion. “We talk together all of the time…

“You control a lot of players, everybody wants to play, and you need to pick the 11 that you think is best for Celtic. Right now, he hasn't been in that team.

"He has issues that he needs to work on and he's doing that. Competition is very hard and now lately he hasn't been getting the chances he was getting at the beginning.

"So he needs to show in training that he's taken the steps we want and that he's better than the others who are playing then the chances will come.”

Scepovic joined Scottish Premiership giants Celtic from Spanish outfit Sporting de Gijon in the summer of 2014 and was expected to be a huge player for the Bhoys.

However, things have not turned out that way for the 25-year-old striker, whose last competitive start for Celtic came back in December’s Europa League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb.

The former FK Partizan star has scored just four goals in 22 appearances in all competitions for Celtic so far this season and is truly struggling for form.

Competition for a spot in attack in the Celtic team is fierce, with John Guidetti, Leigh Griffiths and Anthony Stokes all fighting to start. Moreover, in some matches, Deila has not even started with a recognised striker.

It seems that Deila is not convinced by Scepovic at the moment and wants him to work harder in training.

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