Celtic winger James Forrest has explained to Celtic View how manager Ronny Deila deals with him on a day-to-day basis.
The 23-year-old Scotland international struggled with injuries at the start of the season, but over the past few months, he has established himself as a key member in the Bhoys team.
“The manager has been really good for me, giving me time to come back and I’m just glad he has given me a chance and has faith in me and it’s been starting to pay off in the last couple of months,” Forrest told Celtic View.
“He speaks to me when he needs to and keeps his distance when he needs to. He has kept his faith in me and given me a chance to come back and I’m happy with that."
Forrest’s comments give a remarkable insight into the way Deila functions as a manager and how he deals with the players.
The Norwegian knows how to approach each and every player individually and when, without going too close or appearing too distant.
In press conferences and interviews, the 39-year-old comes across as very friendly and exuberant, and Forrest’s remarks highlight just why he is so popular among the players.
Managers need to keep control of the dressing room without alienating the players, and the way Deila has dealt with the injury-plagued Forrest proves that he has done exactly that at Celtic.