Celtic youth coach Stevie Frail has told the Glasgow Evening Times that Ronny Deila calls him on a daily basis to ask about the progress of the club’s younger players.
Frail has also suggested that Deila has taken a keen interest in Kieran Tierney, who has already made his first team debut under the Norwegian.
Deila has guided the Bhoys to a double in his first season at the club and he’s showing a clear interest in bringing through the next generation of players at Parkhead which is positive for a number of reasons.
“Ronny is well aware of who is coming through and he keeps in touch daily with the progress of the youngsters. He has taken a keen interest,” he said.
“The manager really liked him (Kieran Tierney) and he was training with the first team then. For him to come back and progress into the top team is great news for everybody at the club.”
“Ronny is very aware of them and he is excited about some of them.”
It’s difficult for Deila considering the constant pressure on the club to win games, but that doesn’t appear to have put him off of looking at the next youngster who may be ready to get a chance.
He has to balance the right moment to promote players like Tierney and when to go with more experience options, being careful because of the fragility in the confidence of some younger players.
Celtic are a big institution and any younger player who gets a game and makes a bad mistake can be exposed to a lot of criticism from fans and various sections of the media.
However, they have to be used because of the importance they present in terms of forming the spine of the next generation of the team as well as creating extra options for the manager, who will want to see them develop into better players.