Deila highlights key attacking area where Celtic must improve after Inverness draw

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Ronny Deila wants his Celtic side to cross the ball more after their 1-1 draw with Inverness.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has told the club's official website that he wants his team to cross the ball more often after the 1-1 draw with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Celtic couldn't make it four wins in a row this afternoon, and were held to just their fourth draw of the season by Inverness.

All the goal action came in the first five minutes of the game, as Leigh Griffiths' third minute opener was cancelled out by a goal from Nigerian striker Edward Ofere.

The result leaves Celtic eight points clear of second placed Aberdeen, but the Dons play Kilmarnock tomorrow, where they can close the gap to just five points.

The Bhoys will still be hot favourites to claim the title, but it was a frustrating afternoon against Inverness having had 59% of possession.

Celtic lacked the cutting edge to break Inverness down, and manager Deila told the club's official site after the game that his side needed to be more incisive - but also cross the ball more.

"It was disappointing to lose a goal so quickly as we have not conceded a goal for many games. Today, they had maybe two chances and scored one of them. Defensively, we had quite good control but we need to create more and get more crosses into the box," he added.

With a diminutive striker like Griffiths leading the attack, Celtic are always going to be more likely to play in behind defences and use his pace rather than send crosses into him.

John Guidetti offers more of a presence in attack, but with just 12 minutes on the pitch, it was hard for the Swede to make an impact - and Deila needs to consider whether crosses in towards Griffiths is really a good idea ahead of their game against Kilmarnock in midweek.

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