Gordon singles out two Celtic stars that are vital to Deila's system

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The Bhoys shot stopper knows playing out from the back needs good midfielders.

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon is delighted to have Nir Bitton and Scott Brown in midfield as the duo are vital to Ronny Deila's system, according to the club's official website.

The Bhoys have specialised in playing out from the back under Norwegian boss Deila, who moved to Parkhead last summer and is nearing completion of his first season in charge of the Scottish champions.

And Gordon has singled Bitton and Brown out as vital components of Celtic's side under the 39-year-old.

Deila wants his team to build from the back without going long and, for that, both defenders and midfielders who are comfortable on the ball are required.

The Scot told the Celtic View: “We don’t just knock it long very often, we try and build from the back and that’s the style of play the manager wants us to play and we’ve got guys back there that are comfortable on the ball.

“We’ve also got Nir Bitton and Scott Brown dropping in so we’ve got good players in key positions to play that style and that’s what the manager is looking for.”

The Hoops face Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Hampden Park on Sunday afternoon in their next domestic action - during the Scottish Cup semi-finals.

Celtic failed to beat the same opposition last weekend during a drab 1-1 draw, although their 4-1 victory over Kilmarnock last night will hopefully have banished any memories of that dreary encounter.

After that, Gordon and co face Scottish Premiership trips to Dundee and Dundee United respectively.

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