Deila admits he wants to build Celtic team around these four players

Ronny Deila is hopeful of keeping four young players at Celtic.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has identified four Celtic players that he wants to build his team around after his side beat Partick Thistle 2-0 on Wednesday night, as reported by the Daily Mail.

A first half penalty from Kris Commons gave Celtic the lead, before Stefan Johansen got himself on the scoresheet after the break to wrap up the win.

That leaves the Bhoys seven points clear of Aberdeen at the top of the Scottish Premiership - and they still have a game in hand on the second placed Dons.

Celtic are closing in on the title, and a historic treble in Deila's first season in charge is moving closer by the game - and the aforementioned Johansen has been integral.

The Norwegian international, 24, has now hit 12 goals this season, and it seems like only a matter of time before Premier League clubs start to ramp up their interest in the midfielder.

As reported by the Daily Mail, Deila wants to build his team around Johansen - as well as three other young Celtic players; Nir Bitton, James Forrest and Virgil van Dijk.

"I don’t want to think about it like Stefan being one of our biggest assets in terms of money. I want to think that we have a good player," said Deila. "We want to build the team around players like him – Nir, Jamesy (Forrest) Virgil. We have young players coming up. They can be better and can improve."

"We just have to keep them here and continue to develop them and fight so hard to get into the European stage," he added.

Centre back van Dijk is likely to leave this summer after great displays for the Bhoys, but it's hard to see Bitton or Forrest leaving any time soon considering their roles in the Celtic team.

As for Johansen, Premier League clubs may deem it too early to lure him south of the border - but similar performances next season could trigger interest.

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