Gary Mackay-Steven: I have become a better player under Ronny Deila

Celtic U-20s

Celtic winger Gary Mackay-Steven speaks highly of manager Ronny Deila.

Celtic winger Gary Mackay-Steven has been quoted as saying by the club’s official Twitter account that he has become a better player under manager Ronny Deila.

Mackay-Steven moved to the Bhoys from Scottish Premiership rivals Dundee United in the January transfer window and helped them win the title.

"I have tried to buy into what the manager here wants,” Celtic’s official Twitter page quotes the 24-year-old as saying. “(I) feel it has made me a better player, really excited for next season.”

Mackay-Steven’s comments show how good a manager Deila is. The Scotland international has not even had a full season, but he feels that he has already become a better player.

The fact that the former Airdrie United winger has so quickly bought into the Norwegian boss’s ideas is indicative of how persuasive Deila is.

When the 39-year-old was appointed the Celtic manager in the summer of 2014, there were concerns among many.

Those doubts were reinforced in the initials months when the Bhoys struggled, but the way that Celtic have ended the season shows the class and quality of Deila.

Once the Hoops got into form, there was no doubt about their Scottish Premiership title credentials.

It took some time, but Deila eventually got his message through to his players, who seem to relishing working with him a lot.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch