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Owen Coyle: Ronny Deila needs to be 'clever' in the transfer market

Celtic fan and former Bolton boss Owen Coyle has suggested Ronny Deila needs to focus on progression in the Champions League.

Former Bolton Wanderers and Wigan manager Owen Coyle told the Glasgow Evening Times that he feels Ronny Deila has to be very clever in the transfer market.

Coyle, a Celtic fan, has suggested that the club’s support base are craving some success in Europe after another familiar season, which produced a domestic double in the Norwegian’s first season at Parkhead.

Deila’s career at the club didn’t get off to a great start as Celtic went into the Europa League instead of the Champions League, but Coyle has suggested the club now have a real opportunity.

“The test for Celtic will be the Champions League and getting into the group stage. What I think they need to do now is be clever in the transfer market and look to get a team that can get back in the Champions League group stage,” he said.

“That's what the Celtic fans crave. We all crave the team to be at the top table playing against the best teams in Europe.”

Arguably Celtic’s biggest advantage when it comes to Europe is their support base and the intimidating atmosphere which is created at Parkhead on a Champions League night.

If the Celtic crowd gets behind the team, the opposition can start the game on the back foot, inviting the Bhoys onto them and increasing the chance that Deila’s men can get in front.

The manager will already have ideas over the best way to transform and adapt the squad over the summer and the resources Celtic have suggest they can be competitive in the transfer market.

Much could depend on who looks to leave but Deila will have that extra grit and determination to make sure that his club don’t miss out on the opportunities created by the Champions League for a second season running.

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